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Irish army snipers shot farmer's cattle during assets seizure

By David Kearns

Published 07/07/2016

A farmer at the centre of a bankruptcy case has said his cattle did not deserve to be shot dead by army marksmen.

The cows, owned by Co Monaghan farmer John Hoey, were killed by the Irish army after unsuccessful attempts by officials to recover assets.

Mr Hoey, who lives at Annacroft farmhouse outside Carrickmacross, said the incident "destroyed him".

"They're supposed to be helping me sell off my assets, not gunning them down in front of me," Mr Hoey added.

Bankruptcy official Chris Lehane said that Irish Defence Forces were called in to assist with the cull after all other possibilities were "exhausted". He also said there had been extensive TB testing carried out at the farm.

"The results of those tests proved positive in the herd, greatly restricting what I could do with the animals," he added.

However, Mr Hoey said he never saw any paperwork to state the animals had tested positive for TB.

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