Quads, diesel, equipment and small tools have been stolen from former IFA President Padraig Walshe over the past number of weeks.

Walshe also said he has had three break-ins on his farm in the past six weeks and a lot of fences have been broken.

Speaking on RTE Radio, he said that the burglars came in through the fields and broke the fences.

“My quad was stolen six weeks ago and a lot is being stolen in the area, now they seem to be targeting ride-on lawnmowers.

The Gardai are very active in recording crime, but there is little happening in preventing it.

“There’s only one Garda squad car in Abbeyleix, it has to serve Carlow town, Roscrea and South Laois.

“The latest burglary happened at night and we were all asleep, we didn’t hear anything,” he said.

The former IFA President said that his road gates were locked but the locks were broken and the equipment was taken.

The Durrow farmer said that a lot of people in the area are afraid and that burglars might be a part of the local community alert text service.

He also suspects that they might be able to hack into the Garda communication station and that if the car is 60 miles away they can work away.

It is now going to probably cost me in the region of €20,000 to put proper security in place.

“It’s not something we should have to do, my family has lived and farmed here for generations and there was no problems until two years ago.” the former IFA President said.