Tonight’s Evening Herald
Let’s focus on the dog.
Not the trigger-giddy, gun totin’ ‘tec’?
Yesterday: The Curious Incident Of The ‘Dead’ Dog
Tuesday: Meanwhile, In Longford
From top: This morning’s Irish Daily Mail; Irish Times
Further to the shooting incident involving a Garda detective in Longford on Monday evening…
Michael Doyle, in The Irish Sun, reports:
“During the incident, what appeared to be a warning shot was fired and Blondie [Christopher ‘Blondie’ Stokes] was hit by a bullet in the foot from a Garda-issue Sig Sauer handgun.
Sources said an Alsatian dog attacked the cop and had to be shot in self-defence…“
The injured man’s uncle Ned ‘Sonny’ Stokes, who arrived on the scene minutes later, said no pooch was killed.
He told the Irish Sun: “When I got there, I met the garda and asked him what happened.
“I went over and I saw Chris after being hit in the leg.
“They have two dogs and I could see them tied up at the back, not a bother on them.”
Yesterday: Meanwhile in Longford
Impressively absurd parking in the centre of Longford
A lamb that was attacked by a pine marten on Pauraic Brady’s farm
Anthony Jordan, in the Farmer’s Journal, reports:
Numerous pine marten attacks on livestock have been reported by farmers in Co Longford, the Irish Farmers Journal has learned. Farmers in the Midlands have expressed concerns and anger over increased attacks on animals by pine martens.
The attacks have been ongoing over the past 18 months, with fowl and sheep being the most targeted livestock.
Farmer Michael Quinn has been the victim of numerous pine marten attacks in the last two years, with seven lambs killed this year and four killed the year before.
“It is not nice to go out and see your stock attacked and killed by a pine marten,” Quinn told the Irish Farmers Journal.
“Every morning you go out you hope that there is no damage done in your field. It is really hurting farmers around the area.”
Recently, a farmer had €600 worth of pheasants wiped out in a single pine marten attack, while another farmer reported that a dog was attacked.
Drumlish farmer Pauraic Brady, who has had two lamb fatalities himself this year, believes that the situation has become critical around the county.
“Farmers are coming to the stage where they are fed up. Fowl is being wiped out, lambs are being attacked and the cost for farmers from vet’s bills is extensive.”
Pine martens have been protected in Ireland since 1994 under the Habitat Directive, but Brady, who is also a local councillor, believes numbers are rampant in Longford.
“The population has become out of control in the county. I know of up to 20 farmers who have had stock attacked. It is coming to the stage where something has to be done.”
The Irish Farmers Journal has been in contact with the Department of Art, Heritage and the Gealtacht on the topic but has not received any comment on the issue.
There are fresh calls from local farmers to have to the protected status of the pine marten lifted after the series of attacks on livestock.
Thanks Aisling Hussey
The glamour in Longford!
Previously: Oh Dior
“I captured these images from Longford last night, as the International Space Station passed over. Each shot was a 30-second exposure. While I’m aware that they’re not technically perfect, I’m glad I finally had my s**t together while the sky was clear. Thought you might like to see them.”
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