Rural crime focus switches to north-east
Huge attendance predicted for public meeting in Trim
Rural crime remains a burning issue despite the flood of announcements from garda HQ and the Government that the issue is being tackled.
The anouncements about new bail legislation for repeat offenders and a six month long nationwide garda crackdown has done nothing to assuage the anger and fear of the people living in rural Ireland.
And tonight the people of the rural northeast will get their opportunity to speak out about the crime scourge they have endured in silence for years.
The 'Save Our Local Communities' campaign is hosting a public meeting in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim from 8pm to highlight the issue of crime in this region.
Organised by a group of concerned civic-minded citizens from Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan and Westmeath, it is a continuation of the national debate on rural crime which was launched in Thurles last month and attracted over 2,000 people.
The chairman of the organising committee Ronnie Owens has said that the garda operation is proof that people power does work.
"This operation as we said before is a knee-jerk, political whitewash to get the Government over the hump until the other side of the election - we feel that we can extract much more from them for the people by using the power of the people," he says.
"The reaction we are receiving so far suggests that this should be another monster meeting and we are delighted to have the wholehearted support of the IFA and the GAA," Mr Owens added.