Serious Questions Around The Competence Of Cork Sheriff’s Office – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called for an immediate investigation into the actions of the Cork Sheriff’s office with respect to the botched sale of several hundred elite cattle at a recent Bank/Receiver driven auction in Co. Cork. Deputy McGrath was speaking after an estimated 500 cattle which had been sold at the auction of farmer Peter Kingston’s property will now have to be resold after the Sheriff Sinead McNamara indicated that payment was not forthcoming:

“As I understand it the desire on the part of the Sheriff’s office and the Receivers to re-sell the disputed cattle is completely unnecessary given that Mr Kingston’s elderly father had agreed to purchase the cattle on foot of cashing in his pension entitlements.

This whole episode has demonstrated yet again that the relationship between Sheriff’s offices, Receivers and the banks is very far from transparent.

The costs that the Cork Sheriff’s office and the Receivers have managed to run up-approximately €1.6 million-speaks to the urgent need for stricter regulations and monitoring of these kinds of activities.

I want to salute the actions of the New Land League and Mr Jerry Beades for shining a light on this kind of activity as well as their efforts to expose the massive levels of forced sales that are occurring in almost every county in the State.

It is way past time that the whole murky world of intimidation which is so often associated with these kind of sales was examined and acted upon by those who are supposed to be in a position of defending the rights of citizens.

To date all we have seen is a depressing prioritisation of the interests of banks and receivers over against the farming community; that has to stop,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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