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Thursday 8 December 2016

Gardai probe alleged threats to kill GAA members by dad after his son was not picked for team

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

GARDAI are investigating alleged threats to kill GAA members made by a father whose son was not selected for an underage match.

The alleged incident happened over the weekend and involves members of a Limerick GAA club.

The Herald understands that two firearms were seized as part of follow-up investigations by gardai.

Both weapons were licensed to the man who is alleged to have made the threats.

The incident is being treated very seriously by investigating officers and it is believed that statements from various parties are still being taken.

Over the weekend, it is claimed that the father of an underage GAA player in the Limerick club took particular grievance after his son was not selected to play in a recent match.

While investigations are still at an early stage, it has been alleged that the father threatened to kill a small number of club officials.

Gardai later learned of the alleged incident and seized the two firearms.

“The guns were seized as a safety and precautionary measure,” an informed source told the Herald.

The parent who is said to have made the threat is a respected member of the community.

Garda investigations are ongoing and it is not yet known if charges will be brought against the father.

A spokesperson for the Limerick County Board condemned any intimidation.

“Any such threat or intimidation on any GAA official or volunteer is completely unacceptable,” he told the Herald last night.

“There is no place in the GAA or, indeed, any organisation for violence or the threat of violence,” he said.

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