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Man due in court over Smithfield horse fair attack

Three people were injured in gun and machete attack at Sunday’s traditional horse market.

Gardai at the scene where two men were injured during a shooting attack at the Smithfield Horse Fair in Dublin on Sunday.
Gardai at the scene where two men were injured during a shooting attack at the Smithfield Horse Fair in Dublin on Sunday.
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A 41-YEAR-OLD MAN is due to appear in court today on charges relating to an attack at last weekend’s horse fair in Smithfield.

Three people were injured at the Dublin city centre market after shots were fired, but none are believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

One of the three victims, a young boxer, received serious machete or slash hook wounds to his arm in the incident.

The suspect was arrested by armed gardaí on Sunday night and has been held at Bridewell Garda Station. He is expected to appear in court in Dublin later this morning.

Gardaí are still appealing for any witnesses who can assist in the investigation in any way  to contact them at the Bridewell Garda Station on 01-6668200, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

The DSPCA has said it was a miracle no one was killed in the incident,  as terrified people and horses fled the scene.

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Dublin’s Lord Mayor Gerry Breen has called for the market to be cancelled, but callers to RTÉ’s Liveline programme said it would be unfair to cancel future Smithfield horse events because of the behaviour of a minority of people.

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