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Thursday 30 November 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# rural crime

29th November 2023
PSNI appeal for witnesses after 'substantial number of sheep' stolen in Co Derry
A rope securing the gate that leads onto the field was cut and the gate was left wide open, enabling the release of flock.
Last year
Concerns that burglary gangs are 'targeting areas they know have little to no Garda cover'
The assaults on two older men in the last week have brought the topic of rural crime into sharp focus.
Criminal gangs are exploiting the lack of resources in rural Ireland, reports Garreth MacNamee.
Gardaí have pleaded with management for more cars and officers to fight rural crime.
Over 130 stations have shut in the last six years.
All time
'Marking shovels and tractors': Government turns to Eircodes to tackle rural theft
A campaign encouraging people to mark their property with their Eircode is being launched today.
New app will use reports from members of public to track movement of criminals
The CEO of Muintir na Tire said this extension of the text alert scheme is already being trialed and the intention is to roll it out nationally.
Call for tougher sentences over burglaries that 'destroy entire communities or ways of life'
Two cousins jailed over a ‘fatal burglary’ will have served their sentences by the time new jail terms are handed down.
'If someone breaks into your house you should do whatever you have to to take them on'
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice talks rural crime, drink-driving and hits out against the Independent Alliance
Calls for electronic monitoring to be a condition of bail for repeat offenders
‘The ability for criminals to access rural Ireland via the improved motorway network has had a real impact on rural crime.’
Community CCTV schemes could be a 'game changer' in helping prevent crime
The Data Commissioner is set to examine the status of community CCTV schemes.
'He's going back doing a bit of herding': Offaly farmer who was savagely beaten returns to work
Richie McKelvey was admitted to hospital after being injured in the burglary of his farm.
'Nobody should live in fear due to lack of garda resources': 45% of all agricultural crime not reported to gardaí
A new ICSA study looks at why agricultural crimes are not being reported to gardaí.
'It's Killinaskully policing': Rural gardaí say they've been left decimated by cuts
Despite recruitment restarting, many garda divisions are running at a deficit of members since the crash.
Farmers warned to 'stamp' their farm equipment or risk losing it to thieves
Thefts can be traumatic for farmers and their families. Communities are advised to work with local gardaí and watch out for suspicious activity.
Elderly man in shock after raiders with screwdrivers break into his home
The two men robbed a small amount of cash before fleeing.
Two young men charged over burglaries in Offaly
Gardaí carried out a number of planned searches at residential properties in the Birr area yesterday.
'Cattle and sheep are being hand-fed and prepped to be taken by criminals'
Around 2,000 thefts from farmyards are reported each year. Farmers are being urged to be vigilant.
Rural 'spotters' make money spying on farmers and selling information to criminal gangs
It is difficult for gardaí to secure prosecutions against these people as they need to link them directly to the crime.
FactCheck: Has crime actually increased since all those garda stations were closed?’s FactCheck does some detective work on a commonly-held assumption.
Farmers in Tipperary 'patrolling countryside with guns' to ward off burglars
One man’s farm has been targeted six times.
Gardaí bust uncovers drugs and contraband in crime crackdown
This came as part of the ongoing Operation Thor.
Here's a breakdown of the Garda station sales that have made €2.5m
Some 139 stations have been closed – 36 of these have been sold.
Four men in court following Operation Thor arrests in Wexford
The operation specifically dedicated towards cracking down on rural crime has been busy of late.
Pest control, maintenance and security at closed Garda stations has cost €846,000 to date
That works out at an average of €7,000 per property per year.
Living in fear: Garda cutbacks are deeply felt in rural Ireland
Strong local communities are needed to tackle the increasing threat of rural crime, Darragh McCullough writes.
"There's only one law in this country and that's the law of the jungle" - Irish farmers using guns to protect themselves
Farmers are reporting widespread intimidation and crime in their areas.
Man describes son being punched in the face during home invasion
A new UTV Ireland documentary takes a look at rural crime around the country.
"It's bandit country now" - Padraig Nally says rural crime is getting worse
Nally was jailed, then released on appeal, for the manslaughter of an intruder to his home.
Have you seen this man's 11 guitars?
All 11 have been stolen, including some belonging to Aaron Mulrooney’s father who died recently.
Revealed: Garda Tony Golden's notes that warned of border resources back in 2013
The notes were prepared for a community group who were worried after the murder of Garda Adrian Donoghue.
Is this the crackdown on gangs rural Ireland has been crying out for?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
Enda Kenny is dead serious about high-speed burglars wearing night-vision goggles
The Taoiseach says they’re involved in high-speed chases at night time.
"I really am sorry for the death of that man" - Two charged over John O’Donoghue burglary
The 62-year-old collapsed and died after being confronted by burglars at his home.
Michael Healy-Rae: 'I don't feel sorry for criminals who go home in boxes'
The independent TD said the Government is bringing about the “demise of rural Ireland” through closures of Garda stations and post offices.
Two for court over Kerry drug and gun raids
Two cannabis growhouses and a handgun were found in raids on homes in Co Kerry in the early hours of Saturday.
Handgun, ammo and bullet-proof vest seized in Kerry cannabis crackdown
Three people have been arrested, and almost €200,000 worth of cannabis seized.
Gardaí launch 'text alert' service to tackle rural crime
The initiative will allow people to send alerts of suspicious incidents to the rest of the community through gardaí.