30 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Thefts of cattle and other livestock in Co Monaghan more than doubled in 2013, Monday’s meeting of the county’s Joint Policing Committee was told.

Garda Chief Superintendent James Sheridan stated that the crime was now the top investigative priority in the area for his force.

Appealing to the public to come forward with any information that might assist the Gardaí, he described social media speculation and rumours circulating in local communities about these crimes as “wide of the mark” and unhelpful to the ongoing investigation.

59 cattle were stolen in incidents in the Emyvale, Annyalla, Clontibret, Ballybay, Castleblayney and Rockcorry areas of Co Monaghan in 2013, statistics presented to the meeting disclosed. 2012 had seen the thefts of 21 cattle and nine sheep recorded.

A number of proposals were passed at Monday’s meeting in relation to the subject.

It was agreed on Brian McKenna’s proposal, Pat Treanor seconding, to write to Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney requesting that a compensation scheme be put in place for farmers who had suffered losses of animals through theft.

The Committee decided on Robbie Gallagher’s proposal, seconded by P J O’Hanlon, to write to the Insurance Federation of Ireland asking them to look at the issue of compensation and to examine the …

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