Cruel Dundalk farmer alleged to have demanded cattle after claiming to be in IRA

A DUNDALK man is alleged to have threatened another farmer, saying that he was part of the IRA if he did not hand over cattle to him.

A DUNDALK man is alleged to have threatened another farmer, saying that he was part of the IRA if he did not hand over cattle to him.

Marc Finnegan, Cullenstown, Readypenny, Dundalk is charged with extortion/blackmail and he was served with a Book of Evidence at Carrickmacross District Court.

Judge Seasn MacBride, serving the Book of Evidence, told Mr Finnegan that you are charged with “demanding with menaces, purporting to be in the IRA, 18 heifers and one calf” from another man who was named in court.

The charges related to dates on 9 July and 11 July 2011.

He was given bail of €2,000, which had already been lodged with the court, the conditions of which were that he reside at his address at Readypenny, that he surrender his passport and any other travel documents, including documents for Michael Kearney, an alias of his.

He must also adher to a curfew of 11pm to 7am and not to have any contact with the alleged victim or any State witnesses.

Legal Aid was granted in the case. He was ordered to sign a bond.

Marc Finnegan was found guilty earlier in the year to what Judge Sean MacBride described as the worst case of animal cruellty he had seen in his 13 years as a judge.

Finnegan was convicted of five counts of cruelly mistreating an animal to the extent that the animal had to be euthanized.

He was also convicted of another charge of letting a carcass remain unburied and accessible to a dog contrary to the Control of Dogs Act.

The court heard in April how over a number of weeks a vet from the Department of Agricultire, Ms Eileen O’Neill visited the farm of Finnegan at Drumaleave, Inniskeen.

Giving testimony Mrs O’Neill said that she had visited him nines times in the space of 8 weeks, informing him on the eighth occasion that legal preceeding would be brought against the man.

Mrs O’Neill said on her final visit to the farm she witnessed neglect of a most apalling nature.

She told the court how on 5 May 2010, she came to the farm near Inniskeen. To a shed to her left she saw a door open where she found three bovine carcasses which she said would have been left there for a period of approximately a week. The carcasses were left to rot in approximately a foot of slurry.