Due to a large number of recent incidents nationwide, involving gangs with dogs, illegally hunting and trespassing on lands and with a number of assaults, threats and intimidation warnings against farmers and landowners the IFA and An Garda Siochana under the auspices of the National Rural Safety Forum at a meeting in Portlaoise issued an Advisory Notice which was released in an effort to protect farmers and landowners and minimise the risk of any type of violence.
The three-pronged approach being advised is of safety first, secondly reporting immediately to Garda call centres at 999/ 112 not the local station, thirdly observing the events from a safe distance.
“The safety of the owner and their families is a priority, so don’t take any risks that would jeopardise your personal safety,” said Garda Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman.
“If you meet strangers face to face, advise them they are on private property and ask them politely to leave. Do not engage with banter or abusive comments,” advises IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe.
It is imperative that if you have concerns immediately Dial 999 or 112 – NOT THE LOCAL GARDA STATION – and ask the operator for the Gardaí. Inform the Garda Control Centre that you want to report intruders on your land, sharing as much information as possible to describe the trespassers and any vehicles they may be using.
Provide Gardaí with your Eircode, Townland and Road Number, and if possible, the direction of travel of such trespassers. Continue to safely monitor the situation and update the Gardaí as required. Alert local community watch groups and other interested parties where appropriate.