Farmer and his dog shot in reported dispute over land

A farmer and his dog have reportedly been shot this morning in Kildimo, Co. Limerick, over an alleged dispute regarding a right-of-way to land.

Gardai are currently investigating the incident which took place at around 11:00am.

It is believed a man in his 50s was shot in the shoulder; his injuries are not life-threatening, but the farmer was brought to University Hospital Limerick by ambulance, according to Gardai.

Reports suggest that the farmer’s dog was also shot and died as a result of its injuries, during the incident earlier today.

It has been confirmed that a man in his 70s was detained under Section 30 of the Criminal Justice Act at Newcastle Garda Station.

It is believed that a dispute over the right-of-way to land had been ongoing between the two farmers for a number of years.

The farmer was reportedly shot as he was trying to enter a field on his tractor. The farmer’s wife and two children are due to return home today from a family holiday abroad, according to the Sunday World.

It has been reported that the culprit then tried to flee in a van; he was allegedly arrested by Gardai a few kilometers away from the scene. Anyone with further information is asked to contact Newcastle West Garda station.