IFA Launches ‘Secure Summer’ Campaign To Tackle Rural Crime

Launching a new campaign to increase security awareness among farmers, IFA National Treasurer Jer Bergin stressed the importance of being safety conscious and marking and securing property to reduce the chance of a theft occurring.   Jer Bergin said, “Marking your property, photographing it, and making an inventory will, firstly, go a long way towards […]

Operation Thor must be reinforced rather than made redundant – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to provide explicit assurances that Operation Thor, the Garda burglary prevention initiative, will be extended beyond this year. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister refused to commit to the continuance of the Operation despite its notable success in tackling the coordinated […]

Community Text Alert Initiative To Prevent Rural Crime Launched At Ploughing Championships

An Garda Síochána, the IFA, Muintir na Tíre and Neighbourhood Watch came together at the Ploughing Championships in Co Laois today (Tues) to launch a Community Text Alert initiative, which will see the Gardaí work in partnership with the organisations to prevent crime.   Speaking at the launch, the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan welcomed the […]

IFA Call for Greater Co-ordination Between Gardai and Community Groups in Fight Against Rural Crime

IFA President John Bryan has said today’s meeting with the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was an important opportunity to raise the concerns of IFA members about rural crime.  He said Minister Shatter has agreed to set up a meeting between IFA and the Garda Commissioner to develop proposals aimed at tackling the problem.   […]

Immigrants committed to Ireland despite recession – Immigrant Council of Ireland

Immigrants who have established their home in Ireland are showing they want to remain here and play their part in bringing the country out of recession, according to new figures released today (Monday, 10th September 2012) by the Immigrant Council of Ireland.   During the first seven-months of the year 2012 the Council’s helpline and […]

Major Survey Among Farm Families on Crime Highlights Fears About Security – Downey

A major survey of over 500 farmers across the country in recent weeks has highlighted serious concerns on rural security, with 54% of respondents either dissatisfied or totally dissatisfied with the efforts of the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to protect rural communities.   The survey highlighted the fact that 11% of farm families, which […]