IN the latest twist to the ongoing feud in Clougleigh, Ennis, it is understood from local sources that a member of a well-known criminal family has moved into the area.
Tensions have been running high in recent weeks in the Ennis estate with the feud between two Traveller families erupting in a series of public rows in the area.
At the weekend, a local man made a complaint to gardaí that shots were fired towards him in the Cloughleigh area. Gardaí in Ennis have confirmed that the complaint is currently being investigated.
Gardaí have maintained a high-profile presence in the area in recent weeks. A number of arrests have been made by Ennis gardaí and charges have been brought against people in relation to a number of incidents at the estate.
According to a Garda spokesperson, “There have been a number of incidents in the Cloughleigh area and we are carrying out an investigation.”
However, local people are still concerned about the level of violence that has been seen, with many worried that innocent people will be caught up in it.
One resident told The Clare Champion, “There are good decent people living in Cloughleigh and they shouldn’t have to put up with this kind of thing. And now we’re hearing someone from a criminal gang has moved in. We are worried that things are going to spill over and an innocent person will get hurt.”
Meanwhile, this week, local councillors raised their concerns about recent events in Cloughleigh. Councillor Tommy Brennan said, “There are 400 houses there and people are living in terror. There are kids there who are not able to go out and play.”
He was speaking at this week’s meeting of Ennis Electoral Area Councillors where he called for more to be done against breaches of the shared ownership scheme. Lending his support, Councillor Brian Meaney added that there is an “extremely serious situation” in the Cloughleigh area at the moment.