Fight at Limerick asylum centre leaves several injured

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

A man, who appeares to have been injured in the dispute, is lead away from Hanratty's in Limerick. Picture: Adrian Butler
A NUMBER of people are being treated for injuries after a fight, reportedly involving “cricket bats and knives”, broke out at Hanratty’s asylum centre in Limerick city this Thursday afternoon.

A NUMBER of people are being treated for injuries after a fight, reportedly involving “cricket bats and knives”, broke out at Hanratty’s asylum centre in Limerick city this Thursday afternoon.

The incident, which took place between 1pm and 2pm at the Glentworth Street centre, reportedly involved five individuals.

Eyewitnesses said that it was a “very serious and very frightening” incident, as people were allegedly attacked with “cricket bats, kitchen knives and other weapons”.

Three garda units, including two armed support units, and two ambulance vehicles arrived at the scene at around 2pm, where they questioned potential eyewitnesses and residents outside the centre.

One male eyewitness said that tensions have been rising as some residents have been in conflict with each other for a number of weeks.

“This is going to cause a serious problem. It first started with two roommates, but now it’s going to form people from this country fighting against people from that country, so it’s going to be a bigger thing. It’s not going to finish here, as some people are thinking.

“There is going to be more fighting. It’s going to get worse than fighting. It’s not just a physical fight, people are using weapons,” the witness said.

Another witness, who did not wish to be named, said that he felt his “life was in danger”.

The Limerick Leader contacted Henry Street garda station immediately after the incident, but they were unavailable to comment.

More to follow.

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