'Criminals must be tagged to end scourge of rural crime'

Louth IFA chairman Matthew McGreehan. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Louth IFA chairman Matthew McGreehan. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Elaine Keogh

A leading figure in the IFA has called for criminals to be tagged while they are out on bail to prevent the scourge of rural crime.

The county chairman of the IFA in Louth, Matthew McGreehan, said that some farmers were on the verge of taking the law into their own hands to tackle burglars.

"A lot of these crimes are being committed by people who are out on bail. They need to be tagged to see where they are going," Mr McGreehan said.

He welcomed the announcement that a new cross-Border taskforce is to be established.

"I feel people living along the border have the right to live and work in an area that is properly policed," he said.

"I hope that the new agency will tackle crimes like cattle theft as well as those who use the Border to abscond and hide after they commit crimes."

Mr McGreehan, who lives on the Cooley Peninsula, added: "I have been talking to farmers who said they will do all they have to do to protect what they own and they wouldn't be violent men."

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