An outspoken Kerry politician has defended homeowners' rights to use 'reasonable force' against intruders.
Michael Healy-Rae says that rural crime has reached 'crisis' levels since the closure of many of the country's Garda stations.
The Independent TD has also criticised the Government's plans to give stations back to local communities for alternative uses.
Earlier this year Michael Healy-Rae was in hot water for saying he did not “feel sorry for criminals who go home in boxes”.
Speaking to Bobby Kerr on Down to Business, Deputy Healy-Rae explained that he is standing firm in his beliefs.
"I sent an invitation to the people that robbed my house," he explained. "I said 'you came into my house when I wasn't there...I'd ask you to please come back when I'm at home'."
He added, "the thing I'm inciting people to is, people who are fit and able, to stand up to crime, because we're sick of it."
You can listen back to the full Down to Business interview via the podcast below: