The father of Olympic champion Katie Taylor has has been injured in a shooting at his boxing club.
A 30-year-old man was killed and another man was injured in the shooting, which took place at Bray boxing club in County Wicklow.
It is understood to have happened at around 6.55am on Tuesday.
Mr Taylor, 57, and a 35-year-old man have been taken to hospital. The body of the 30-year-old man killed in the shooting remains at the scene.
Gardai said the suspect had fled the scene at the Harbour area of Bray in a white or silver van.
Ireland’s Health Minister Simon Harris called the news from Bray “shocking”.
“I have no doubt that the Gardai are doing all they can to apprehend those responsible,” he said.
Local Sinn Fein MP John Brady said the incident had brought “another dark day for Bray”.
Absolutely shocking news coming from Bray Boxing club this morning. Another dark day for Bray.
— John Brady TD (@johnbradysf) 5 June 2018
The gym is owned by Bray municipal council and operated by Mr Taylor.
Council chairman Chris Fox said the boxers were in an early morning training session when someone entered the premises and started shooting.
He described the injured men as “local Bray lads”, adding that he knew one well and did not believe him to be involved in criminality.
Katie Taylor, 31, began her career at Bray boxing club. She went on to win gold at the London 2012 Olympics and she is now unified lightweight world champion.
On Tuesday morning specialist officers were carrying out a technical examination of the area of the shooting.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to come forward, adding officers are searching for a silver-coloured Volkswagen Caddy with Northern Ireland registration plates.