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Garda car rammed in Travellers' battle

FIVE men are being questioned after a violent family feud erupted in which a garda patrol car was rammed and a hatchet seized.

Gardai in Ennis arrested five men following the latest incident between feuding families on a busy road in the Clare town.

It is understood a car carrying members of the Travelling community followed a van before ramming into it and then ploughed into a garda patrol car.

The incident occurred at 6pm yesterday when a drunken motorist was driving a vehicle at the Maid of Erin roundabout on the north side of Ennis and spotted members of an opposing family in a car.

He then rammed the other vehicle with his own. However, a garda patrol car was also travelling on the busy road at the same time as the ramming took place and officers attempted to intervene.

In response, the drunken motorist then rammed the patrol car while two officers were inside it. Gardai alerted their colleagues for assistance as they attempted to stop violence erupting on the road.

The drunken motorist was arrested at the scene and is likely to face serious charges.


Four other men were also arrested at the roundabout for public order offences and were also being questioned last night.

Weapons, including an axe, were taken from one of the damaged vehicles by gardai. There were no serious injuries but two occupants of the rammed van and a garda were taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

During a follow-up operation three men and two women were arrested.

More arrests are likely following the latest incident among the feuding members of the Travelling community in Ennis.