Former IFA boss warns 'someone will be shot' if farmers are not protected
Former IFA president Padraig Walshe - a victim of rural crime at his farm in Durrow, Co Laois - says somebody will be shot unless there is a crackdown on the latest round of rural raids.
"It is very disheartening for farmers to see their hard earned farm equipment being stolen by these gangs of criminals.
"And there is always the fear that someone will be injured during the course of these raids," Mr Walshe told the Farming Independent.
"A few weeks ago at a farm six miles up the road from me raiders discharged their shotguns into the air when they could not get into the farmhouse they intended to rob. Some night someone will be shot defending their property," said Mr Walshe.
Only last Friday at his home farm in Durrow intruders drove through the wooden fences surrounding the property and attempted to break into the farmyard through a cow path.
However they were foiled by the new security installed at the farm and were forced to make a early and empty-handed getaway.
He felt on that Friday luck and the security system was on his side. Five weeks earlier another gang managed to break into a shed on his farm and robbed a quad bike and cow trailer.
Mr Walshe believes the raiders loaded the quad onto the trailer and then just drove away.