Gardai make arrests in Carrick assault inquiry

Gardai investigating a serious assault on a Longford man in Carrick-on-Shannon almost three months ago have arrested two people in connection with the incident.

Gardai investigating a serious assault on a Longford man in Carrick-on-Shannon almost three months ago have arrested two people in connection with the incident.

Forty-year-old Mark O’Shea sustained head injuries following the altercation in the Townspark area of the Leitrim town during the early hours of December 18.

The father of three had been on a night out in the Co Leitrim town when he was set upon by an unidentified number of attackers, leaving him in a critical condition in hospital.

And while the Longford town native’s medical condition has shown steady signs of progress in recent weeks, gardai confirmed to the Leader on Tuesday morning that the investigation was very much still ongoing.

Supt Noel Carolan confirmed both individuals were later released without charge with files now likely to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in due course.

The Carrick Garda chief, was quick to stress the importance of keeping certain matters of the investigaton under wraps.

“We just can’t comment on the medical condition of Mr O’Shea,” he said. “I appreciate the very considerable public interest regarding the welfare of the man that was injured in the assault but for confidentiality and privacy obligations I am unfortunately unable to comment on his medical circumstances and progress.”

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