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Attack highlights need to tackle rural crime - O'Neill

26 February, 2015 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O'Neill said today she raised the rise in rural crime in border areas with her counterpart agriculture minister Simon Coveney just hours before yesterday's bomb attack in South Armagh which left a young man seriously injured. 

Ms O'Neill said; 

“I spoke to Simon Coveney at a meeting of the North South Ministerial Council on the issue of rural crime in border areas only hours before the dreadful bomb attack on a South Armagh man by an organised criminal gang.

“There has been an upsurge in rural crime, particularly livestock and machinery theft, along border areas.

"I am also worried about the environmental impact which fuel laundering is having on rural communities. 

“I agreed with Simon Coveney to jointly explore further measures and means of co-operation to tackle these crimes in the time ahead. 

“Clearly the seriousness of yesterday’s attempted murder by a criminal gang reinforces the need for all of us in positions of responsibility to act to close down criminal operations in rural areas."

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