FARMERS FIGHTING BACK
Rural Fingal dwellers meet to discuss violent attacks on farmers
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.