A special meeting is being held in Cahir next week in a bid to help farmers combat rural crime.

Hosted by South Tipperary IFA, branch chairperson Erica O'Keeffe, makes a special plea to farm families to attend the meeting on Tuesday, November 20.

It is part of a nationwide move by farmer organisations to tackle the scourge of rural crime, especially where it impacts on farmers.

The meeting will be addressed by Barry Carey, IFA Rural Crime Prevention Officer; John O’Gorman, Dairygold Co-op Chairman and Garda Sgt Tom O’Dwyer, Rural Crime Prevention Officer for Tipperary.

“There is a need for more Garda patrols in rural areas and a greater Garda presence around rural roads," an IFA spokesman said and stressed that 'much more needs to be done'.