Superintendent warns against vigilante activities as locals plan to patrol rural roads
TD proposes locals patrol rural roads at night and should have access to taser guns and pepper spray
A Garda Chief Superintendent strongly warned rural communities not to engage in vigilante type activities as anger and fear continue to mount following a recent attack on a farmer in Offaly.
It comes as Roscommon-East Galway TD, Michael Fitzmaurice calls for local communities around the country to have a van and that it would be manned at night by people just keeping an eye on what was going on.
However, Garda Chief Superintendent John Scanlon speaking to Midlands 103 at a public meeting in Coolderry Co Offaly organised in the wake of the attack on 54-year-old farmer Richie McKelvey warned against any such activities.
“I would strongly suggest that any type of vigilante patrolling would not go on.
“You might get comfort out of doing it. People do it in areas for awhile, and it never lasts.
“Some people get into a tangle with people in error or by misinterpreting what somebody is doing. There could be an awful tragedy,” he said.
Superintendent Scanlon encouraged those who want to make a difference in this area to join the Garda reserve.
However, Deputy Fitzmaurice disagreed with this assessment.