State Solicitor investigating three cases of irregularities in TB scheme
Three cases of irregularities in TB scheme sent to the Chief State Solicitor for prosecution
Following investigations for compliance with Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication scheme the Department of Agriculture successfully prosecuted two farmers in 2016 with three more cases sent to the Chief State Solicitor Office (CSSO) for prosecution.
The Investigations Division of the Department of Agriculture investigate of irregularities of the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication scheme.
Resulting from those investigations, there were two successful prosecutions during 2016, this compares to five successful prosecutions in both 2014 and 2015, the Department said in its 2016 Annual Report.
At Trim District Court, two Co Meath farmers pleaded guilty to the movement of a number of bovines without the required Brucellosis tests contrary to the Brucellosis in Cattle regulations.
One of the farmers also pleaded guilty to three counts under the European Communities (Identification of Bovines) Regulations 2009.
Meanwhile during 2016, three new cases were submitted to the Chief State Solicitor’s Office for prosecution.
The Department has said that only where evidence of ‘serious breaches’ of legislation is uncovered in the course of investigations, files are referred to the CSSO with the view to prosecution.
Approximately 98.1pc of the national herd was tested for bovine TB in 2016. There was an increase in the number of reactors detected, 16,914 in 2016 compared to 15,317 in 2015.