Brexit adds impetus for Cross-Border Task Force on rural crime - Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile
Commenting on a series of Oireachtas Justice Committee hearings on ‘Community Policing and Rural Crime’, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has said a cross-border task force on rural crime could make a significant difference in supporting communities and dealing with the perpetrators of rural crime.
Speaking from Leinster House after today’s meeting, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;
“At this morning's meeting the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) outlined starkly the real fears that exists amongst the farming community and rural population in the twenty six counties, due to the fallout from ongoing incidents of rural crime.
"At last weeks Justice Committee, we heard from the Gardaí and PSNI about the positive and tangible benefits of cross-border policing.
"Much rural crime takes place on a cross-border basis and requires a strategic, collaborative response from key stakeholders, not least policing services.
"Hearing about the existing all-Ireland cooperation between the Irish Farmers Association and the Ulster Farmers Union and at today’s presentation is welcome and the IFA made a significant call for our Committee to support the establishment of a Rural Crime Task Force similar to those which operate in Britain.
"Given the assertions at both today’s and last week’s meetings, any such Task Force, if it is to operate effectively, must operate and deliver on a cross-border basis.
I look forward to pursuing these themes with my Committee colleagues as we further develop our report on these matters.”