GARDAI FOIL FEUD MURDER PLOT.GARDAI yesterday foiled a potential murder plot as a Traveller feud threatened to spiral out of control.
Detectives investigating the ongoing war between various families in Tralee, Co Kerry, discovered a shotgun in a car that was stopped shortly after midnight.
In a follow-up search at a nearby house they retrieved a second shotgun, three petrol bombs, two Samurai samurai (sä'mrī`), knights of feudal Japan, retainers of the daimyo. This aristocratic warrior class arose during the 12th-century wars between the Taira and Minamoto clans and was swords, a slash hook, a knife and two balaclavas. They believe the weapons were to be used to escalate the bitter fighting that has gripped the Traveller community in Tralee.
Yesterday up to 25 members were involved in a riot in Tralee's Ashe Street.
The fighting spilled into the District Court where Judge James O'Connor adjourned the sitting as gardai in stab vests tried to break up the fight. Four people were arrested and face charges. A source said the seizure of weapons is suspected to be linked to the later fighting.
He added: "They didn't have these for no reason. They have access to shotguns and they are using basic weapons like petrol bombs and slash hooks that could cause devastating dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. injuries.
"This feud is escalating and if it is allowed to continue there will be bloodshed and people will die." Every week the courthouse in Tralee is mobbed by members of rival families.
Gardai have taken to wearing stab vests and searching people as they enter the court, for fear they will try to smuggle smug·gle
v. smug·gled, smug·gling, smug·gles
1. To import or export without paying lawful customs charges or duties.
2. To bring in or take out illicitly or by stealth. in weapons.
Armed gardai have been used on three occasions as tensions threatened to spill over Verb 1. spill over - overflow with a certain feeling; "The children bubbled over with joy"; "My boss was bubbling over with anger"
bubble over, overflow
seethe, boil - be in an agitated emotional state; "The customer was seething with anger"
Meanwhile, Kerry Travellers Development Project is actively working with an Interagency Group to resolve the conflict.