GARDAÍ investigating two separate feuds – ongoing in the city for the past few months – arrested two people on Wednesday in relation to a ‘confrontation’ which occurred in the Newcastle area last week.
the Galway City Grandstand has learned that a father and son were arrested by Gardaí in connection with alleged assault and criminal damage on Monday evening last week in the Cluainín Estate, Inishannagh Park.
Both men are due to appear in court in connection with the incidents which involved a group of ten people around 7pm on Monday last week.
In the row that developed, a number of men were lightly injured before Gardaí arrived on the scene and broke up the melee.
It is understood that following the row – which began after a group of men entered the estate – a number of complaints of alleged assault have been lodged with the Gardaí.
The latest incident is believed to relate to a long-running feud between two extended family groups in the town that has been the subject of mediation efforts, both in the town and in Tuam, in recent weeks.
There had been a ‘lull’ in this dispute since Christmas until this latest incident erupted and Gardaí appealed for any witnesses or anyone with information about Monday night’s fracas to contact them at Galway Garda Station, Mill Street, 091-538000 or the Garda Confidential Hotline at 1800-666-111.
Meanwhile, in a separate feud involving two family groups, Gardaí investigates an attempted fire on a van at the Radharc na Gréine estate on the old road to Monivea.
A front window of the vehicle was smashed, an accelerator was poured over the front sides and then set on fire – but the owners of the vehicle managed to put out the fire before the vehicle was seriously damaged.
Gardaí, who arrested three people shortly after a serious arson attack on a house in Castle Park in the early hours of February 3, is confident that legal action will follow.
The three people from the Greater Dublin area – two men in their twenties and a minor – were questioned last Friday at Murrough Garda headquarters under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
They were later released without being charged, with cases now forwarded to the DPP regarding allegations of criminal damage and arson.
Gardaí are also believed to be pursuing a specific investigation into a fourth man who was involved in the Castle Park house fire.
The family at the Castle Park home – a mother and her three children, including two adults and a minor – escaped through the back of their home after the window and front door were smashed around 2am .
The assailants – possibly up to four men – doused the front room of the house with an accelerant, probably gasoline, before setting it on fire.
Units from Galway Fire, Gardaí and the Ambulance Service were on the scene shortly after the four people in the house – who were sleeping upstairs at the time – escaped through a wooden roof. lean-to at the rear of the property.
The residents were taken to University Hospital Galway for treatment for smoke inhalation – they were all reportedly discharged the following day.
Another arson attack took place on Sunday evening February 6 near another house in the Castle Park area, where a Ford Mondeo car was set on fire by two men who drove away from the scene at high speed.
The attackers also smashed a front window of the house, but this time did not attempt to set it on fire – Gardaí appealed to anyone with dash cam footage or any witnesses who were in the area. the castle park area last Sunday evening around 11:30 p.m. to make contact with them. (091-538000) or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800-666-111.
An ongoing feud between two gangs is believed to be behind the latest arson attacks – some of the gang members are also believed to have links to local and national drug movements.
On January 30, an Audi A6 car was set on fire in the Garran Ard estate in Doughiska as the attackers also tried to set fire to the house next to which the car was parked.
The front door to the house and a Velux window on the roof were doused with fuel before being set on fire – both the front door to the house and the window were damaged in the incident.
Garda Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins has issued a fresh plea for help in an attempt to end the spate of arson attacks – and a pre-Christmas car collision incident in Bothar na dTreabh.
“These are acts of irresponsible endangerment involving a real threat to human life. We devote significant resources to our investigations of these incidents; we made a number of arrests; and we are pursuing a number of other lines of inquiry.
“In addition to this, we have increased Garda patrols in certain areas of the city and we are calling anyone who notices suspicious activity or can obtain information or dash cam images which may be useful to us. , to make contact with any Garda they know or any Garda station,” said Det. Supt. Cummins.
Meanwhile, in what could be a third such dispute in the Galway region, Gardaí in Loughrea have confirmed an arson attack on a house in the town, where the front window was smashed, petrol was poured inside the front room of the house and it was then set on fire.
The incident happened around 6am on Thursday morning with the family in the house – including a number of young children – escaping, through the back door of the residence.