Tensions high as gardai called to disturbance between rival groups at Cork Halting Site

Gardai are investigating a disturbance between what appears to have been two rival groups at the Spring Lane Halting Site in Cork this afternoon.

There have been reports that two groups clashed on the Ballyvolane site with suggestions emerging that one man had a gun.

A garda car leaving Spring Lane Halting Site this afternoon.Picture: Eoin English 

Spring Lane was opened as an emergency measure almost three decades ago, for 10 families.

There are now 35 families living there with residents and Traveller advocacy groups regularly reporting on the poor electrical connections, flooding issues, lack of toilet facilities and a potholed road network on site.

It is thought that the disturbance may well be linked to a court case earlier today in which a man was cleared by a jury of attacking another man on the halting site with a machete, cutting off one of his fingers.

Both parties in the case were aged around 30 and lived on the Spring Lane halting site.

More as we get it ... 


Related Articles

Latest: Watch the 'callout' video which prompted a major Garda operation in Cork

More in this Section

UK’s ‘aspirational’ assurances no basis to move past border in Brexit talks, says Coveney

50 new jobs to be created in Kilkenny

Buncrana tragedy will stay with RNLI members 'for a very long time'

88% of murdered woman in Ireland are killed by a man they know


Today's Stories

Gardaí won’t be disciplined over false breath tests

Convicted garda resigns from force

Government back from brink - but FG parliamentary party told to prepare for vote in mid-January

Rehab to rebrand to reflect strategy

Lifestyle

Having fled the Nazis, Elizabeth Friedlander created her own typeface before moving to Kinsale

On the double: Jennifer Zamparelli and balancing a hectic life and baby number two

Trim back for the festivities with these Christmas fitness tips

The 40-year-old charity that ensures no-one dies alone and poor

More From The Irish Examiner