Cattle shooting disturbing – Ó Caoláin
The shooting dead of five heifers belonging to a South Monaghan farmer last Tuesday by members of the Defence Forces has been described by Sinn Féin Dáil Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin as ‘disturbing and extreme’.
The Monaghan town based TD has written to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, on the matter requesting advice of the regulations applying to such interventions and what steps, if any, the Minister proposes to take given that his officials were apparently on hand and had sanctioned the army marksmen’s call out.
Commenting on the case Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“I had several calls to my Dáil office throughout yesterday, Wednesday, following the breaking of this disturbing story. Ordinary members of the public from Cavan and Monaghan and from much further afield have all registered their concern at what took place, a number voicing disgust at the actions of the army personnel, the Gardaí and the officials from the Department of Agriculture who allegedly approved and oversaw the shooting dead of the five cattle.
“I have written to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., seeking a full explanation of what took place, advice of the regulations that apply in such instances and what steps he now intends taking, if any, to address any deficiency in the regulations applying to such interventions.
“To put it mildly, the action taken in this instance appears extreme. That said, there will no doubt be a contrary view expressed by the Receiver’s bailiffs in this case and also by the various arms of officialdom involved.
“Whatever excuses, whatever reasons are offered, the shooting dead of the animals concerned will be believed by most people to have been over the top. I await the Minister’s response with considerable interest.”