3 April 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan IFA Chairman Brian Treanor has called for a “tripartite” meeting involving farmer victims of cattle and machinery thefts, the Gardaí and Dept of Agriculture officials.

Mr Treanor said on Monday that the meeting was necessary in his view to alleviate the frustration in the farming community over a lack of prosecutions for these crimes – and to stem the tide of rumour and recrimination building in some rural communities surrounding the alleged passing of information to those responsible for them.

Mr Treanor, who along with Rural IFA Chairman Bert Stewart was addressing Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee, stated: “Such a meeting would be a comfort to the victims, to allow them to be heard.”
A formal proposal that the meeting suggested by the Co IFA Chairman be convened was adopted by the Committee on the proposal of Robbie Gallagher, P J O’Hanlon seconding.

JPC Chairperson David Maxwell advocated that there be a cross-Border element to the meeting, with the Ulster Farmers Union, the Northern Ireland Dept of Agriculture and the PSNI also involved.

The Chairperson said that cattle rustling was “as old as the oldest profession in the world”, but it had become prevalent again in the last number of years.

Members also agreed on the proposal of Colr O’Hanlon to write to the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter requesting him to establish a special security unit to operate in the Border area to deal with illegal diesel manufacture and transportation as well as the theft of cattle and farm machinery.

Garda Superintendent Noel Cunningham assured the meeting that security co-operation between the Gardaí and the PSNI was ongoing to deal with cattle theft and other manifestations of rural crime, and pointed out that some recent breakthroughs had been made.

Superintendent Cunningham appealed to the public to come forward …

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