Armed Response Unit Called into Ennis Feud

It’s emerged the Armed Response Unit’s been called into Ennis in an effort to tackle a violent and dangerous feud which broke out in the town in the past few weeks.

Superintendent John Scanlon made the revelation while addressing members of Clare County Council where he also warned that whatever criminal elements were involved, would be dealt with swiftly by the Gardaí.


The Superintendent went on to reiterate his concern over the significant increase in drugs dealing in Clare in the past few months and denied rumours that there are plans to shut rural Garda stations across the county.

At yesterday’s meeting of Clare Councillors Ennis Superintendent John Scanlon reported a downward trend in overall crime rates

The superintendent stated that drugs remain a concern with a significant increase in seizures for sale or supply over the past three months and the past twelve months, with heroin predominantly in urban areas, cocaine abuse in all areas along with cannabis…and urged people to be vigilant of this in their areas, particularly parents.

Over the past number of weeks Gardaí have been investigating a feud between individuals in the Cloughleigh area which is reported to include an alleged attempted shooting

In response to fears expressed by one councillor that Limerick criminal gangs are creating havoc in Ennis, Superintendent Scanlon said that from time to time elements of Limerick criminality can trespass into the county and that in the past three weeks the armed response unit was called into Ennis.

Green Party Councillor Brian Meaney who raised the issue says it’s a telling indicator of how deep the trouble has descended to in parts of Clare’s County Town

Superintendent Scanlon went on to say that anti social behaviour may be on the increase from time to time but that the Gardaí’s challenge is to follow it up and urged people to make contact with them over such issues.

He also reiterated the Garda commissioner’s comments that there are no plans to shut rural Garda stations in Clare as part of the current accommodation review being carried out…

Scariff Councillor Pat Hayes says it’s a welcome confirmation by the Superintendent.


The Superintendent confirmed that two full time community Gardaí have been assigned to Shannon.

The two appointments were made late last week and will replace the current set up where senior officers based in East Clare are taking on the extra responsibility themselves.

Shannon Councillor Patricia McCarthy says its very good news for local communities