Further ruling over cattle sale protest

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Injunctions against businessman Jerry Beades and his New Land League group, which has been protesting over the sale of cattle belonging to a Cork farmer have been enlarged by the High Court.

Mr Beades and members of his group had engaged in protest at the Kingston family farm in Nohoval, Co Cork, which “could not be described as peaceful”, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said.

Some 1,000 cattle owned by Peter and Tracey Kingston were to be sold on April 12 at an auction on the farm by Cork County Sheriff Sinead McNamara as part of moves by an ACC-appointed receiver to recover part of a €2.4m debt. Mr Beades, who is spokesman for the New Land League, put up a Facebook posting about a protest planned for the auction.

The sherriff sought and was granted an injunction preventing anyone interfering with the auction.

Mr Beades and members of his group turned up outside the farm and the sheriff said this led to considerable disruption.

Less than half the amount expected from the auction was raised and a number of parties who bid hundreds of thousands at the auction failed to turn up and pay for the animals, the sheriff said.

After a statement by the New Land League calling on the Seamen’s Union to stop live export of animals from such sales, the sheriff was concerned there will be further attempts to disrupt any potential sale and sought to enlarge the injunction.

Mr Justice Gilligan said Mr Beades totally refutes the sheriff’s assertions and believes they are an attempt to discredit him because he is a Seanad election candidate.

The judge granted the further orders pending a full hearing, restraining interference in the sale; threatening or intimidation of those involved, including bidders, and interference with collection of cattle from the farm.


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