The Irish Farmers Journal has learned that An Garda Síochána has arrested and charged Garret Kirwan, an AI technician, as part of its investigation into a raft of farm thefts across a number of counties.

According to sources close to the case, gardaí searched Mr Kirwan’s property between 12 and 13 July and found nine boxes of silage wrap that were previously reported as stolen from a well-known agri-business in the surrounding area. The value of the wrap is understood to be in the region of €1,000. Mr Kirwan was subsequently arrested in the early hours of 13 July.