THE FAMILY at the centre of a bitter land dispute in Templeglantine are to consider hiring private security and installing CCTV cameras in a bid to protect their property from trespassers.
It is also understood that the Roche family, who have fought a protracted court battle against Daniel Doherty, who claims that their 40 acre farm at Rathcahill is his, are considering killing all grass on the property in a bid to render it useless for grazing.
After acts of alleged intimidation at the farm last week, the Roche family met with legal representatives this week to discuss options for a security clamp down at the property, which they inherited after bachelor farmers Matt and Eddie Roche died without leaving a will.
Mr Doherty, 40, has been in prison since July 29 for contempt of court after refusing to keep his animals off the property, which he claims the brothers had promised to leave to him after their deaths.
Despite Mr Doherty being in prison for almost a month, the controversy over the land has not abated.
Following the removal of Mr Doherty’s cattle from the land by the Roche family on August 11, it is reported that three men in balaclavas appeared at the property and began throwing stones at a tractor owned by the Roches.
The gardai were called, and the men left the scene.
While no formal complaint was made to gardai by the Roche family, it is understood that they are considering installing CCTV cameras and hiring private security in order to protect the property.
The move is seen as an attempt by the family to counter the efforts of some of Mr Doherty’s supporters, who are seeking to obstruct the Roche family’s plans.
The family have not yet decided what they intend to do with the land. It is thought that their preferred option is to sell the property and divide the proceeds between Matt and Eddie Roche’s beneficiaries.