Drive-by shooting in Portlaoise

AN INVESTIGATION is underway into a drive by shooting in Portlaoise which has left a family traumatised and the residents of a quiet estate worried for their safety.

AN INVESTIGATION is underway into a drive by shooting in Portlaoise which has left a family traumatised and the residents of a quiet estate worried for their safety.

The incident, which has led to armed gardai manning checkpoints in the town, happened in the Highfield Meadows housing estate at 8pm on New Year's Eve when a car pulled up outside a house.

Two shots were fired with a shotgun - one at an upstairs window and a second at a living room. Miraculously, nobody was hit but there were children in the house at the time.

Gardai believe it may be linked to an ongoing feud in the traveller community. The family living in the house were members of a well-known settled family of travellers who have a long standing link with Portlaoise.