A violent brawl allegedly involving swords and knives had the residents of Rushall estate in Mountrath cowering in their homes last week.
According to Cllr James Kelly, residents of the estate on the town’s Shannon Road were “once again prisoners in their home as violence erupted” last Friday, September 5. Cllr Kelly said that opposing factions clashed in the brawl, during which “knives, swords and cudgels” were produced.
“Residents rushed outside and grabbed their children who were playing on the green, locked all doors and pulled down their blinds,” said Cllr Kelly.
“All through the evening and early morning the sound of shouting and breaking glass added to the terror that residents were subjected to. The gardai rushed to the estate on three occasions and at one point removed weapons from one house but made no arrests.”
Councillor James Kelly said he had received numerous calls and had meetings over the last three months with frightened residents who are at their wits’ end.
“The residents) are afraid to make statements to the gardai as they have been attacked and threatened by these thugs who have no respect for the law and have boasted that they are above the law and can get away with anything,” he said. “It is also a fact that members of two families have been served with anti social behaviour orders by the gardai but it has made no difference.”
He said that there are 82 houses in Rushall but only three street lights are working and as the winter draws in people are afraid to go out at evening time as cars are speeding and there are no speed ramps.
“This estate need to be taken in charge by Laois County Council before someone is seriously injured, or, worse still, killed,” he said.
A garda spokesperson has confirmed that gardaí attended to a disturbance in Rushall estate last Friday, although no arrests were made.
The spokesperson said the gardaí are still looking into the matter.