'Too much grey area around shooting intruders in self defence'
How far a farmer can go to defend themselves remains a grey area in law that needs to be addressed, according to top rural solicitor Karen Walsh.
The Irish Independent talk on rural crime with crime journalist Paul Williams heard that 60pc of farmers have been the victims of crime, with 40pc hit twice.
The findings from farming group ICSA also show that farmers are prepared to absorb costs of up to €1,600 rather than tell their insurances companies and see insurance premium hikes.
What is reasonable force?
Karen Walsh a solicitor who specialises in agricultural law said the area of how far farmers can go to defend themselves against an intruder.
"You can use reasonable force to defend your property but what reasonable force is not clear cut. It's a judge and jury deciding it."
She said the current legislation is putting farmers in a vulnerable position as it's unclear what reasonable force is.
"I would not want my father relying on that legislation."