Sheriff shot in eviction move

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A county sheriff and two officials were shot and wounded yesterday as they arrived at a house in Ireland's border country to serve an eviction order.

They were accompanied at the bungalow three miles from the village of Bawnboy by three gardai, who quickly summoned armed colleagues. The man responsible for the shootings is believed to possess a number of guns.

The eviction move followed the failure by local people to settle the tenancy dispute.

The wounded men suffered superficial arm and leg injuries and were later said to be out of danger in hospital. Gardai last night described the situation as "very volatile".