Ru­ral Fingal dwellers meet to dis­cuss vi­o­lent at­tacks on farm­ers

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By KEN PHE­LAN

THE Ir­ish Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Dublin Ex­ec­u­tive last week held a pub­lic meeting for the lo­cal farm­ing and ru­ral com­mu­nity in Swords to dis­cuss the on­go­ing is­sue of ru­ral crime in the Fingal area fol­low­ing the re­cent vi­cious as­sault of farmer Pa­trick Walsh near his farm in ru­ral Fingal.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the IFA, An Garda Siochana and the Fingal Farm­ers’ Group at­tended to dis­cuss the prob­lem in Fingal, as well as mea­sures that could be taken to tackle the is­sue.

Barry Carey, Crime Pre­ven­tion Of­fi­cer with the IFA said: ‘There were con­cerns about the level of crime, and the fact that its now gone ag­gres­sive, and that in some places peo­ple were liv­ing in fear.

‘There were re­peated sto­ries where peo­ple were say­ing the same thing, that we need greater vis­i­bil­ity and more Gar­dai out there in the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.’

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Carey, there have been sev­eral se­ri­ous in­ci­dents of ru­ral crime in Fingal re­cently, in­clud­ing the at­tack on Pa­trick Walsh, as well as in­ci­dences of bur­glar­ies, tres­pass­ing, theft and rustling. He said that the prob­lem was ‘all over Fingal’.

He said: ‘We’ve a work­ing group go­ing on now be­tween the Garda and the IFA, and we’ve a meeting now in Novem­ber to get an up­date. So the Gar­dai are go­ing to re­view a num­ber of is­sues, and see how best they can im­prove the ser­vice.’

He added: ‘We’re look­ing for peo­ple to get more in­volved, Gar­dai are look­ing at a greater pa­trolling and a greater Garda pres­ence, and for peo­ple to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Gar­dai in ru­ral ar­eas. Peo­ple think of north Dublin, but north Dublin is ru­ral Ire­land.’

One of the sug­ges­tions aris­ing from the meeting is to open Gar­ris­town Garda Sta­tion as a base for the polic­ing of ru­ral Fingal.

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