Times Past: Attacks on rural elderly, report from 1985.


In this week’s times past, is a special report on rural crime in Ireland in 1985.

Times Past: Attacks on rural elderly, report from 1985.

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In this week’s times past, is a special report on rural crime in Ireland in 1985.

Rural crime is firmly on the increase in recent months, though it seems not much has changed since 1985, according to this special archived RTÉ report.

This special report tells the story of the Carroll’s in Co. Monaghan, whose house was burned down by a gang of robbers. The incident happened after the family had resisted a gang of robbers. Two men were arrested by Gardaí in the Carroll home following the incident.

Special task forces were set up by Gardaí in an attempt to tackle the recent increase in rural crime sweeping the country. The report recounts that most of the crime was carried out in the Northwest and west of the country.

Assistant Garda Commissioner, John Paul McMahon, spoke during the report saying that although some crimes were carried out by the settled community, a lot were by those without settled accommodation. Mr. Mc Mahon then agreed that the Gardaí were happy with the outcomes of the recent operations and says they have come to terms with this type of crime.

“When the effort is put in on the ground...They have been very successful in detecting this type of crime” he said.

He said they “hope that it(crime) would or become very minimal anyway”.

You can watch the special RTÉ archived report from 1985 here.

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