Gardaí investigating the fatal stabbing of a man in Tipperary town last night arrested a further three people this afternoon.
A woman aged in her 30s and a man in his 30s were detained at Cahir Garda Station, while another in her 20s was detained at Tipperary Garda Station.
All three may be detained for up to 72 hours.
This brings to five the number of people in custody after two people, a man in his 20s and a woman in her 40s, were detained in the early hours of the morning in Waterford.
Willie Stokes, 47, was attacked while sitting in his van in Tipperary town last night. He tried to flee from his attacker or attackers but crashed his vehicle on Bridge Street where he was pronounced dead some time afterwards.
A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out today on Mr Stokes’ body but it is understood he was knifed several times shortly after 6pm. A murder investigation was launched.
Mr Stokes, a married father, was a member of the Traveller community and had lived in Tipperary for the past 20 years.
Gardai in Tipperary are appealing to anyone who was around the Supervalu in Tipperary town from 9am yesterday until 7pm last night to contact them.
The motive is still unknown, but one line of inquiry is that the killing may be linked to an ongoing feud between members of the Traveller community in Waterford and Tipperary and may have been planned.