Farmers are increasingly “nervous” amid fears that rural crime is on the rise.
According to a survey carried out by the Irish Farmers’ Association and TU Dublin, 55% of farmers who got in touch said they were victims of theft.
“It’s always happening,” one Tipperary farmer told Newstalk.
“It’s going on constantly; when criminals are caught then they’ll have to be appropriately sentenced.”
Aidan Quigley, who farms in Clonmel, said preventing rural theft is difficult.
“There’s a lot more people working on their own,” he said.
“People try to secure [their things] as best they can but there’s only so much you can do and stuff will get taken if somebody comes onto your farm.
“People are nervous and it does affect people - they kind of go into themselves a bit, I’d say.”
60% of respondents believe Gardaí should have a dedicated unit to deal with rural crime and independent TD Mattie McGrath feels more could be done to tackle the issue.
“[It’s the] same old, same old,” he said.
“You haven’t the numbers of Gardaí.”
Of those who were burgled, 71% reported it to Gardaí and 29% decided not to.
Main image: An unhappy farmer. Picture by: Alamy.com