Watch: 'Gardai are more worried catching farmers having two or three pints than going out catching real f***ing criminals'
One of the more memorable contributions on the Independent Talks stage at the National Ploughing Championships was that of farmer John Tully from Borris.
Tully, whose local community in Laois is fundraising to install CCTV to help reduce rural crime said that more emphasis must be put on tackling rural crime, not chasing 'crimes' such as out of date car tax.
In a hard hitting contribution, he said the problem with the Gardai is that if a property is burgled it is taking them several days to come out to the victims.
“If you are robbed today they’ll come out maybe two or three days later. That’s not good enough. There is no follow up,” he said.
Tully also hit out at Garda management. “The big problem is the top people in their stations,” who he said are not allowing regular Gardai to do the work.
He said the Gardai are more interested in going after the person that has the two or three pints..."than going out catching real f***ing criminals,” he blasted.
Tully also warned farmers that criminals were operating in vans disguised as road maintenance. He advised farmers to keep a close eye on vans on their roads and also suggested that people accessing farms to carry out work should be vetted.
Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA) Chairman Seamus Sherlock told the Independent.ie talk that 60pc of farmers have been affected by rural crime and that 40pc have had more than one crime take place on their farm.