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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Sheriff swoops to seize 125 cattle from man who owes €4m in tax

The scene at Skeoughvosteen, Graiguenamanagh, where officers siezed 125 cattle
The scene at Skeoughvosteen, Graiguenamanagh, where officers siezed 125 cattle
The scene at Skeoughvosteen, Graiguenamanagh

David Looby

The farm of a south Kilkenny man who owes €4,000,000 to the Revenue was raided by gardaí on Tuesday last, and 125 cattle were seized.

The action by the Sheriff on behalf of the Criminal Assets Bureau arises from a High Court judgment obtained by the Bureau against Thomas McDonnell of Pollough, Skeoughvosteen, Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny, for unpaid taxes. The Bureau commenced its investigation relating to Mr McDonnell in 2006. Mr McDonnell's tax liability covers the years 1991/1992 to 2006 (a total of 16 tax years) based on assessments made in 2008 giving rise to a tax liability of €1.2 million (tax only).

Mr McDonnell failed to discharge his tax liability and accordingly the Bureau commenced High Court Revenue proceedings for the collection of the unpaid taxes in November 2009. Mr McDonnell defended these proceedings with the assistance of solicitor and counsel. Ultimately, the Bureau obtained judgment in May 2013 and has in the intervening period sought to collect the sums outstanding. With accrued interest, the tax liability inclusive of interest is in excess of €4 million.

Last Tuesday's action, which has been one of a number of actions by the Bureau since obtaining judgment in the High Court, has resulted in approximately 125 cattle being seized. A vet was on hand to ensure the cattle were safely removed from the farm. A Criminal Assets Bureau spokesperson said: 'The work of the Bureau will continue its work in a hope to engage fully with Mr McDonnell to discharge his tax obligations.'

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