The sheriff’s men raided a Kilkenny farm on Monday and rounded up a farmer’s herd of cattle — rustling up a victory for the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
The confiscation by CAB officials of the 125-strong herd was ordered by the sheriff after Thomas McDonnell of Pollough, Skeoughvosteen, County Kilkenny, failed to pay a €1.2 million tax bill for the period 1991/2 to 2006.
A judgement was secured against Mr McDonnell in the High Court in May 2013 but he still failed to pay, and interest on the debt took the liability to more than €4 million.
A Garda spokesperson said: “Monday’s action was one of a number of actions by the Bureau since obtaining judgment in the High Court.
“It resulted in approximately 125 cattle being seized. The Bureau will continue its work in a hope to engage fully with Mr McDonnell to discharge his tax obligations.”