Probe underway into possible 'link' between shots fired in Meath and Kildare house fire
Gardai are investigating a possible link between shots being fired in a housing estate in Dunboyne and a house fire in Kildare.
Two houses in a Dunboyne estate have been shot at in what are believed to be linked attacks overnight.
Later, gardai were alerted to a housefire in Clonuff in Broadford, Co Kildare, in which two received injuries for which they are being treated in hospital.
Gardai are investigating the shooting incidents which happened just before midnight in the county Meath town.
The houses are in the Woodview Heights estate.
Investigating gardai are trying to establish a possible motive for the attacks on what are believed to be innocent parties.
People at both houses today told Independent.ie they did not know why they were targeted.
While nobody was injured in either incident, there was a young child in one of the houses at the time.
Gardai were present at both scenes this morning until forensic examinations by members of the garda technical bureau could be carried out.
While no physical damage could be seen at one house, marks above the front door of the second property were being investigated as possibly being caused by a shotgun.
"It happened at around half eleven last night. There was two shots fired here and at least one shot fired at the other house," said a man at one of the properties.
"I heard two shots here," he added.
Witnesses reported seeing a car driving away from the scene.
Gardai in Dunboyne are investigating the attacks.
Around two hours later, gardai and the emergency services attended the scene of a house fire in Clonuff, Broadford, Co Kildare, in which two people were injured.
Both individuals are currently being treated in hospital.
Gardai are investigating if there is a possible link between the attacks on the houses in Dunboyne and the fire in Broadford.