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People, particularly the elderly, are continuing to live in a state of fear in rural and urban areas of Cahir and Clonmel according to Independent Local Election Candidate, Martin Lonergan.

His statement comes after a spate of robberies which have occurred in recent days and weeks in areas across Cahir and Clonmel.

?Roving gangs of thieves continue to operate with impunity in the rural countryside with the Governments emphasis continuing on saving money rather than on the safety, security and peace of mind of ordinary people,? according to Mr Lonergan.

?It continues to be clear that there is a major disconnect between the Government and rural Ireland where the elderly are living in fear, where empty houses are targeted and robbed in broad daylight, where cars are broken into and robbed while parked on the side of streets, outside of Masses and social events, where persons wallets are taken out of their bare hands and even where households, schools and community centres are cautious of filling their heating oil tanks for fear its siphoned off.?

?In a more despicable and sinister act of recent thuggery, thieves targeted the Vee Valley Daycare Centre, Clogheen in a premeditated burglary, ransacking and causing damage to the facility,? continued Mr Lonergan.

?From taking to people on the doorsteps, there is a clear groundswell of anger, dismay and even helplessness over these continued attacks on rural Ireland and meanwhile, the Government is pressing ahead with the closure of rural Garda Stations with a total of five earmarked for closing in Tipperary alone this year,? according to Mr Lonergan.

? It is evident that Minister Shatter is spending more of his time and resources embroiled in the Garda whistleblowers controversy while the robbery of home heating oil, farm machinery as well as more disturbing raids on homes, vehicles and community facilities are now very nearly a part of daily life for us all. Enough is enough! In rural Ireland there is, rightly so, a palpable anger that we are slowly been abandoned. I am calling on the Government to give the Gardai the resources they need, after all, a well policed community is a safer community,? concluded Mr Lonergan.