A 30-year-old self-confessed garda informer has been jailed for a total of 11 years after he was convicted of possession of a gun and ammunition and firing a gun through the front window of a house in Cork hitting a young woman in the neck.

 The woman was seriously injured and had to undergo surgery twice to remove the bullet.

The Circuit Criminal Court in Cork was told that Gavin Sheehan of Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Cork, had 72 previous convictions, 14 of which were for serious violent crime.

Ciara Sheehan was at the home of her boyfriend Dylan Cunningham at Hollywood Estate, Blarney Road in Cork in the early hours of 15 May last year.

They were in the front room at around 1am when they heard a bang.

Ms Sheehan told the trial that she felt her throat tightening and her face burning. She said she put her hands to her neck, they were covered in blood and she realised she had been shot.

Ms Sheehan was taken to hospital and underwent emergency surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her neck. She was operated on twice.

Gavin Sheehan, a father of one from the neighbouring Laurel Ridge estate, was found guilty of the shooting following a seven-day trial last November.

He had denied the charge and three others, including possession of a gun and ammunition.

The court was told there was an ongoing dispute between Gavin Sheehan and members of the Cunningham family.  

Defence senior counsel Vincent Heneghan said he had instructions which he had to follow, that Gavin Sheehan was an informer for the Garda for two years, giving the names of people involved in the drugs and guns trades and in crime in general.

At his sentencing hearing this afternoon, Judge Sean Ó Donnabháin described Sheehan's level of culpability as huge and said he had not shown a shred of remorse.

Ms Sheehan told the court in her victim impact statement that her life changed the day she was shot.

She said she suffered anxiety and flashbacks and she was now completely broken, a different person.

Defence senior counsel Vincent Heneghan said he had instructions which he had to follow, that Gavin Sheehan was an informer for the Garda for two years, giving the names of people involved in the drugs and guns trades and in crime in general.