Saturday 25 February 2017

Man (30s) arrested over €100,000 livestock theft from Irish farm

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Niall Dillon with his wife Christa on his farm in Kilbeggan
Niall Dillon with his wife Christa on his farm in Kilbeggan

A man in his 30s has been arrested in connection with the theft of livestock, valued at around €100,000, from a farm in Co Westmeath.

Niall Dillon (34), a full-time farmer and cattle transporter, reported 100 animals stolen in June of this year from his lands in Cornaher, Kilbeggan.

Gardai had launched an investigation into the incident and a reward of €10,000 had been offered to anybody with information on the heist.

All animals - which included nine cows and nine calves - were tagged and fully traceable under the Department of Agriculture's system.

Gardaí said at the time that it was unusual for such a large volume of animals to be taken.

The arrested man is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Ballyshannon Garda Station.

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