A Kilkenny farmer has had 125 cattle seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau due to a massive outstanding tax bill.
The action today by the Sheriff on behalf of the Criminal Assets Bureau arises from a High Court judgment obtained by the Bureau against Mr Thomas McDonnell of Pollough, Skeoughvosteen, County Kilkenny for unpaid taxes.
The Bureau commenced its investigation relating to Mr McDonnell in 2006.
It says the tax liability covers the years 1991/2 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).
Gardai say 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.
According to a Garda statement, 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, the statement reads.
With accrued interest, the tax liability inclusive of interest is in excess of €4 million, Gardai have said.
Gardai say today'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.
The Bureau says it will continue its work in a hope to engage fully with Mr McDonnell to discharge his tax obligations.