Shots fired in Smithfield

Gun shots were fired on Smithfield square this morning in Dublin City Centre. Two people were injured.

“Guy with a gun in Smithfield just caused havoc in Smithfield. People think a horse bolted – horses bolted because some scumbag fired a gun,” said twitter user John Healy.

Garda Sergeant Tony Connaughton said: “Gardai at the Bridewell are investigating all the circumstances following a firearm incident in the Smithfield area of Dublin this morning the March 6 at approximately 11.30am. Two males — no ages currently available — received injuries that are not thought to be life threatening. They have been taken hospitals in the City centre.”

Gardai added that a “suspect device” was found in the area and Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended, this device was a homemade shotgun. The Defence Forces tweeted, “Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe an improvised (homemade) shotgun at Smithfield Horse Market this afternoon.”

Gardai are asking for witnesses to the incident or to anyone who may be able to assist with the investigation to contact the Bridewell Garda Station on 01-6668200, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Dublin City Council warned people last week to stay away from the horse fair claiming that up to half of the square is taken up by redevelopment works. However the Smithfield Horse Owners’ Association criticised the council saying that the fair was known about months in advance. Spokesman for the group, John Farrell told RTE late this week that: “This is the first I have heard about this, there is going to be uproar.”

Dublin City Council and Dublin Society of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) have called for the horse fair to be shut down for some time. The City Council does not have the power to restrict the historic horse fair unless it can relocate it to a suitable area, the council says it does not have the money to fund such a move and has call on central government extinguish the rights for the horse fair.

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IMAGE: @PatrickGill

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