Wednesday 1 March 2017

Rural crime and a call to action

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

In the 12 months from June 2014 to June 2015, there have been 28,830 burglaries in the country, or an average of approximately 80 a day. In itself that is a cause for outcry.
In the 12 months from June 2014 to June 2015, there have been 28,830 burglaries in the country, or an average of approximately 80 a day. In itself that is a cause for outcry.

The issue of rural crime is not new, but the extent of the problem has long been concealed behind lies, damned lies and statistics until the anger abates before the next time an individual or family is viciously attacked in what should be the sanctuary of their own home.

The time for obfuscation is over, nuanced arguments about so-called modern policing methods at an end, projections of other ways to deal with marauding gangs of thugs long passed. In short, it is time to get real and deal with the realities on the ground as widely reported by this media company and others.

For decades, the people of rural Ireland have felt under siege in more ways than one, but never more pronounced than since the onset of this recession just passed. In truth, little more than lip-service has ever been paid down through the generations to the wilful neglect, the slow death of our rural communities.

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