TWO men have been released from Garda custody this morning after being questioned overnight in relation to feud-related shooting and stabbing incidents that shocked the peaceful village of Emly, County Tipperary, yesterday.
One man received a gunshot wound to the leg and another was stabbed in the back after a violent clash involving suspected Limerick gang members broke out at 3.30pm at a house in the Glen Court estate in the village. It is understood that at least two of the men involved were senior members of the Keane-Collopy criminal gang.
Gardai were alerted and a short time later arrested five men, all aged in their 20s, who were travelling in the same car in the direction of Limerick on the Tipperary Road at Ballysimon.
The men were held overnight at garda stations in Tipperary and Limerick under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. At least two were released without charge this morning. Files are being prepared for the Director for Public Prosecutions.
The two men injured in the violent exchanges were undergoing treatment in the Mid Western Regional Hospital and South Tipperary Hospital this morning. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
One of the men is understood to be from Shannon, while the other lives in Emly but is believed to be connected to the Keane-Collopy gang. One line of enquiry being pursued by gardai is that the row was connected to internal disputes in the Keane-Collopy gang following the death of senior figure Phillip Collopy last week. Mr Collopy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head.
Gardai at Tipperary Town are continuing with their investigations and have asked anyone with information to contact 062 80670 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111