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LOUTH IFA will host an information evening at the Teagasc office Dublin Road Dundalk on Tuesday 5 March at 8pm sharp.

LOUTH IFA will host an information evening at the Teagasc office Dublin Road Dundalk on Tuesday 5 March at 8pm sharp.

Mr Seán McKieran from Mental Health Ireland will discuss positive well-being in everyday life.

A representative from Muintir na Tíre will discuss the community alert text scheme, how it works and how it can be implemented in your local area.

Margaret Healy national chairperson IFA Farm Family committee will also attend. She will address a number of relevant farm family issues.

Please make an effort to attend and bring a friend. Refreshments served.

The threat of more garda stations closing and the changing economic times has increased the need for more alert groups.

A survey has shown that one third of farmers do not feel safe and 11 per cent have been victims of crime.

The huge rise in fuel costs means that thieves are targeting items such as diesel tanks on lands.

Reaghstown was one of the first to be set up in the county and now has 200 people on its texting system which was also one of the first in Louth.

“The texting system certainly makes people feel more secure,” said Enda Matthews chairman of Reaghstown Community Alert.

“We are looking at the problem of people calling to homes regarding the TV changeover and will address this at our agm this week.

We send out 350 newsletters four times a year and liaise constantly with our community police officer Garda David O’Sullivan.”

Vice chairman Dermot Clarke said it is not just about fighting crime.

“There is the social aspect to it all,” he said. “This is a rural area that is very spread out, so it’s also a social connection and it helps people new to the area moved into the area.”