MINISTER “DID NOT INTERFERE” IN DROPPED COURT PROCEEDINGS OVER ALLEGED ANIMAL CRUELTY

21 February 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

HEATHER HUMPHREYS SAYS SHE ACTED APPROPRIATELYIN PASSING ON CONSTITUENT’S CONCERNS
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WITHDREW CASE AFTER CONSIDERING CIRCUMSTANCES

Michael Fisher

Agriculture officials say no political representations were made by Minister Heather Humphreys in relation to an abandoned prosecution of a Newbliss farmer for alleged animal cruelty. The Business, Enterprise and Innovation Minister and recently re-elected Fine Gael Deputy for Cavan Monaghan denied interfering after it emerged she had delivered a letter relating to the case to the Department of Agriculture headquarters in Dublin.

Following a report in The Sunday Times claiming that Minister Humphreys “intervened” in the case, the Department insisted on Tuesday that a decision to drop the prosecution of Brian Wright had been made by the relevant officials having regard to “the full and individual circumstances of the case.”

It had been pursuing a prosecution against Brian Wright, aged 68, of Killygorman, Newbliss, who faced charges relating to alleged breaches of animal welfare laws. Mr Wright had been fined previously for instances of animal cruelty. In January 2017, he was fined….

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