Tag Archives: Monaghan

This afternoon.

Four years after an investigation into county council graft…

That’ll learn him.

Fun fact: Cllr McElvaney topped the poll following his Prime Time exposé.

Previously: *Popcorn*

From top: The spot where a man was seriously injured when a tent he was sleeping in was removed by an ‘industrial vehicle’; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Fine Gael’s election campaign at CombiLift in Monaghan today

Earlier today.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and other members of Fine Gael launched the party’s general election campaign at CombiLift in Monaghan.

During the launch, Mr Varadkar was asked by reporters about the homeless man who suffered ‘life-changing injuries’ when the tent in which he was sleeping was removed by Dublin City Council/Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and Waterways Ireland near Leeson Street Bridge, along the Grand Canal yesterday at lunchtime.

An “industrial vehicle” was reportedly being used to remove the man’s tent.

Mr Varadkar initially said he was “loathe” to comment on individual cases “until we know all the facts” before he called on Dublin’s Lord Mayor and city councillor Paul McAuliffe to make a statement.

He said Mr McAuliffe is “politically responsible for the council”.

Mr McAuliffe is also a general election candidate in Dublin North West where Fine Gael’s Noel Rock is hoping to retain his seat.

Mr Varadkar told journalists:

“My understanding is that the city council and Waterways Ireland did check the tents before moving them but obviously something went wrong here.

“So I think it’s important that, you know, the city council and, you know, the Lord Mayor, whose politically responsible for the city council, should make a statement, and Waterways Ireland too.

“But the most important thing is that we wish him a speedy recovery.

He is known to homeless services, has been offered accommodation in the past, will be offered accommodation in the future.

“We’ll do everything we can to reduce rough sleeping.

“I remember when we took over the housing department about three-and-a-half years ago, there were over 160 people sleeping rough on our streets in Dublin, that’s now down around 92.”




Earlier: At Leeson Street Bridge (Updated)

Pic: Andrew Lowth


From top: Shot heifer at John Hoey’s fam in Co Monaghan Chris Lehane, a court-appointed trustee who takes control of the assets of bankrupts; interview with Mr Hoey on Cork’s 96fm Opinion Line

Further to revelations yesterday that five heifers were shot by members of the armed forces on Tuesday as part of a debt recovery exercise.

Via Irish Farmers Journal

The owner of the stock – farmer John Hoey from south Monaghan – told the Irish Farmers Journal that the army was called to shoot the animals after the debt collection service had struggled to load the five animals on to a truck.

The owners also allege that all other machinery from the farm had been removed. It is understood that the local Department of Agriculture vet had been made aware of the military exercise.

The Irish Farmers Journal understands that a long-standing protocol between the Department, An Garda Síochána and the army allows for intervention when there is a threat to public safety.

A fallen animal service was called to collect the dead animals but subsequently got stuck in the field they were in.

The Official Assignee in Bankruptcy, Chris Lehane, said in a statement that he had made the decision to have the cattle killed after failing to remove all the “wild and dangerous” animals from the farm with “experienced cattle assistants”.

“As Official Assignee I have a duty to recover value from assets of bankruptcy estates and it is clearly not in my interests to kill cattle, nor would I do it, without firstly having exhausted every other possible avenue open to me to resolve the problem.”

The Official Assignee in Bankruptcy is part of the Insolvency Service of Ireland, the independent statutory body tasked with monitoring situations in which people are unable to pay their debts.

‘I ran behind the last one as they riddled her with bullets’ – Farmer heartbroken by cow shooting (Irish Independent)

Yesterday: Animals

Meanwhile, Seaán O’Rourke spoke to both John Hoey and his partner Aisling McCardle this morning.

From the discussion with Aisling…

Seán O’Rourke:What would you say to the point made by Chris Lehane, the Official Assignee, that he has a duty to recover the value of assets in bankruptcy estates and it’s clearly not in his interest to kill the cattle, nor would he do it without firstly exhausted every possible other avenue open to him to resolve the problem?”

Aisling McCardle: “He is very incorrect in what he’s saying because he didn’t exhaust every avenue. He never, in all his time, that we spoke to the Official Assignee he never said, ‘we’re coming to shoot the cattle because we can’t capture them, will you go out and take the cattle in’. Like, as Johnny has explained, if he goes out with a bucket of meal, he’d have those animals in, in ten minutes. So he didn’t exhaust every avenue, he wasn’t taking health and safety affairs into consideration for us because we were out in the middle of this the other morning. I mean, some of us could have got shot very easily and where would the health and safety have been then? He did not exhaust every avenue.”

O’Rourke: “Well I suppose they would have been very careful about it, you’re talking about professional marksmen here now. Professional markspeople. They’re very careful where they shoot now, wouldn’t they?”

McCardle: “Yeah, but they still didn’t shoot the animals appropriately. Like some, as I was walking back up the road after that animal had been shot down there, there was the three animals that had shot up there in the corner, they were heading back… The armed men was coming back over, through the meadow, to get into a van, to be taken away. They actually stood over the three animals that were on the ground, lying there ready and shot them two or three times more.”

Listen back here



All this for a tenner.

Brendan Carey writes:

Hi Folks, Glaslough in Co.Monaghan, home to Castle Leslie Estate is hosting its first Music Festival next Saturday the 29th August. Its called The Park After Dark and will see a host of bands and artists from electronic folk to blues. To top it all off it will all take place under a full moon.

Glaslough Festival (Facebook)



Like bringing coals to a place that has never heard of coal.

Diarmuid writes:

My local pub in Monaghan Mc Kenna’s Bar [Dublin Street, Monaghan] made this {NSFW] video  to advertise their new cocktail bar. It’s not your average promotion video [and features some McKenna regulars]  so I figured you guys might enjoy it…


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Father-of-five Cllr Owen Bannigan, of Fine Gael, from Monaghan

RTE reports:

Owen Bannigan, 51, has been a member of Monaghan County Council since 1999. It is understood Mr Bannigan died suddenly this afternoon in Ballybay of a suspected heart attack.

Monaghan Local Election candidate dies suddenly (RTE)

Councillor dies suddenly after heart attack at polling station on election day (Irish Independent)

Pic: Northern Standard

Welcome to Clontibret. ©movingimages.ie

Phil McAndrew writes:

The mine at Clontibret, Co Monaghan contains 1 million ounces of gold @ $1,342 per Oz . Maths: $1,342,000,000  – and that’s just one mine in Monaghan with only 20pc of the target area assessed.

We borrow FIAT money and pay back debts with bullion – nice.



Viability of gold mine in Monaghan confirmed by exploration firm (Ailish O’Hora, Independent.ie)

Gold prices