Bankruptcy extension requested for farmer whose 'dangerous' cattle were shot
The High Court has been asked to extend by ten years the bankruptcy of a Co Monaghan farmer whose cattle were shot by members of the Defence Forces last year.
John Hoey, from Carrickmacross, was declared a bankrupt in February of last year and was due to be discharged from the process later this month.
However, the official in charge of bankruptcy, official assignee Chris Lehane claims Mr Hoey has failed to co-operate with the process and wants the period extended.
Hoey was declared bankrupt in 2016 on foot of a petition brought by John Kelly Fuels Ltd for €262,000.
In July five cattle on his farm were shot dead because, while most of the rest of the animals had been removed, these five proved difficult to catch.
Those animals were “wild and dangerous” and after “exhausting all possibilities”, the Defence Forces were brought in to shoot the animals “in a controlled environment”, Mr Lehane said.
Mr Lehane now seeks an order under Section 85 of the 2015 Bankruptcy (Amendment) Act that the bankruptcy be extended by 10 years.
The maximum period of extension that can be sought under the act is 15 years.