Tuesday 23 July 2019

'The Bull' is warned

Gardaí visit North Sligo farmer to caution him after remarks on gun use

Ciara Galvin

North Sligo farmer, Andy 'The Bull' McSharry has been warned by Gardaí over use of his shotgun.

It follows controversial remarks made by the Ballintrillick sheep farmer that he would shoot dogs if the come on to his land, even if they were on a lead.

And, he has threatened to close off walks to hillwalkers if they continue to allow dogs go off lead on his land.

Gardaí called to Mr McSharry and warned him he could not be on the public roads with his double barrel shotgun.

"An Garda Síochána has cautioned me, my license isn't the same as other licences. I can't be on the road with my gun, but I can be on my land and I can also shoot at a dog that's on my land.

"I will not aim and take fire when a person is with a dog so close, we'll find another way of sorting that problem," he told The Sligo Champion.

He said people didn't have a right to walk their dog through his lands.

"If they go down that road with me the walks will close down again without a shadow of a doubt."

Since October last year, McSharry said six sheep have been killed by dogs.

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