23 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

FIVE Co. Monaghan farmers were given suspended jail sentences on Monday last, ranging from two to six months, for breaches of the Department of Agriculture disease control regulations relating to the movement of livestock on farms in the area.
The five faced a total of 207 charges but pleaded guilty to sixty, and the remainder were struck out, at a special day-long sitting of Carrickmacross District Court.
The charges related to alleged breaches of regulations in the movement of cattle, and an incorrect recording of herd details, on various dates between April 30th 2010 and November 16th 2010.
The farmers, who were also ordered to pay a total of €6,000 in costs to the Department, were Aidan McCooey, senior (56) of Derrycreevey, Castleblayney, who received a suspended sentence of six months imprisonment; Aidan McCooey, junior (28) of Tullycollive, Castleblayney, who was given a suspended sentence of four months; Brendan Conlon (58) of Drumacrib, Castleblayney, who received a two months’ suspended sentence, along with similar two-months’ sentences imposed on Bernard Conlon (30) of Oram, Castleblayney, and Martin Conlon (28) of Hillview House, Oram, Castleblayney.
Judge Alan Mitchell said the court wanted to send out a very strong message to farmers throughout the country that any breaches of the Department regulations, which are in force to protect the national herd and the Irish livestock industry against disease, will be severely dealt with, and those involved could expect severe penalties.
The court heard evidence from two senior Department witnesses relating to the investigation.
The judge was informed that by prior arrangement, on the initiative of the defence team, and an …

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