A PUBLIC meeting entitled “Stop local crime” takes place in Pallasgreen Community Centre next Tuesday, May 15 at 8.30pm.
Organised by the IFA branches of Doon, Pallasgreen and Cappamore, the meeting is open to all householders, farmers, business people in the east of the county.
David Thompson, of Pallasgreen IFA, said they organised the meeting due to the upsurge in crime. Members of Murroe, Dromkeen, Sarsfield, Oola and Kilteely IFA branches are also invited to attend.
In the last number of weeks teenagers and old age pensioners have been tied up and guns pointed at people’s heads during robberies.
There have been numerous break-ins to houses and business, and thefts from vehicles, says Mr Thompson.
“Rural crime is getting out of control, this is unprecedented. I’ve never seen anything like this and I’ve been living here all my life.
“And what does the government do? They close Doon garda station.
“The armed robberies upset the whole community. They are even robbing the telephone wire from poles now for the copper,” said Mr Thompson, who has experienced crime first hand.
Around three weeks ago the old mushroom unit on his property was broken in to.
“There was nothing for them inside to take but they smashed down the door. There are people who are frightened at night when they go to bed wondering who is going to be hit next,” said Mr Thompson.
This week the Leader reports on two burglaries in Oola and members of the Murroe-Boher senior panel having personal items stolen while they were training.
“It’s all over East Limerick. They are taking all types of farming equipment and diesel. The most dangerous is the taking of farm gates because cattle could go loose on the road. Nothing is sacred,” he said.
The main speakers at the meeting next Tuesday will be Limerick IFA chairman, Eddie Scanlan; James O’Neill of Muintir na Tire; Cappamore Sergeant, Helen Holden and Cathaoirleach Mary Harty.
Mr Thompson says the whole objective of the meeting is to make a local plan of action to prevent local crime.
“We’re looking in to putting a text system in place to help look out for each other. That’s why it is important that people from every walk of life in Murroe, Boher, Cappamore, Doon, Pallasgreen, Oola, Kilteely, Dromkeen come a long and be involved in making our rural locality a safer place in which to live,” said Mr Thompson.
Pallasgreen IFA are the main organisers of the meeting and coincidentally their AGM was affected by crime.
“At the branch AGM one of those attending parked his car outside the door of the meeting in the community centre. The car window was smashed and contents stolen. We rushed out because we heard the bang but they were gone. That’s exactly what we are talking about stopping,” said Mr Thompson.