125 cattle seized from Kilkenny farmer

The Criminal Assets Bureau has been seeking to recover over €4m from Mr Thomas McDonnell over unpaid taxes and interest

125 cattle seized from Kilkenny farmer

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The Criminal Assets Bureau has seized 125 cattle from a farmer in Kilkenny over a large outstanding tax bill.

The bureau has been investigating Mr Thomas McDonnell of Pollough, Skeoughvosteen in County Kilkenny regarding unpaid tax liabilities covering 16 years from 1991 to 2006.

Based on assessments made in 2008, Mr McDonnell was judged to owe the exchequer €1.2m - before interest was taken into account.

However, Gardaí said that with accrued interest the tax liability now stands in excess of €4m.

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Gardaí said the bureau began 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.

However, the Bureau eventually obtained a judgment in May 2013 and has been seeking to collect the outstanding funds in the period since.

Today’s seizure is one of number of actions taken by the bureau following the High Court judgement and officials now hope to continue to engage with Mr McDonnell to, “fully discharge the rest of his tax obligations.”