Longford town under siege with outbreak of violence, public order offences
These incidents include four stabbings, two arson attacks and a number of incidents where individuals sustained serious injuries.
Supt Delaney said that to date all members of the family involved, who are from the Travelling community, had declined to take part in mediation efforts.
Reacting to the decision by gardaí to set up armed patrols around the town and county, Cllr Seamus Butler, Chairman of the Longford Town Municipal Area, said gardaí had to confront the people who were responsible for the violence.
He has also called for gardaí to bring in the Criminal Assets Bureau to further investigate what was going on.