Farm­ers fight to get money owed after Castle­blayney Mart col­lapse

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS - CLAIRE FOX

A FARMER owed money from the sale of sheep since the liq­ui­da­tion of Castle­blayney Mart in April said farm­ers feel “left in the dark” about whether they will re­ceive what they are due.

John McNamee, based near Car­ling­ford, Co Louth told the Farm­ing In­de­pen­dent that he is owed €1,400 from the sale of 15 sheep.

“We are not hear­ing any­thing. Farm­ers up here feel for­got­ten about and left in the dark,” he said.

“I’m owed €1,400 and there’s a farmer up the road from me due to be mar­ried who is owed €3,000. I’ve con­tacted the liq­uida­tors and have heard noth­ing.

“This year has been tough enough for farm­ers with­out this blow. It’s not fair. I’d love this to be sorted out.”

ICMSA deputy pres­i­dent Lor­can McCabe said he is aware of one farmer owed €2,200, who feels he will never get that money back.

“When the ham­mer comes down on any an­i­mal you think you are go­ing to get that money; €2,000 is a lot to that farmer,” said Mr McCabe (pic­tured).

“It’s heart­break­ing for any­one who may have sold a bulk of cat­tle at the time.”

IFA Mon­aghan chair Frank Brady and a group of farm­ers are meet­ing a bar­ris­ter this week to con­firm whether they have a case against the PRSA (Prop­erty Ser­vices Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity), as although Castle­blayney lost its trad­ing li­cence in 2017, it was al­lowed to keep trad­ing un­til April 2018. “We hope to get a view from a bar­ris­ter this week. The PRSA said that it com­mu­ni­cated on its web­site that Castle­blayney lost its li­cence but farm­ers weren’t aware of this,” said Mr Brady. “Peo­ple com­ing up to Christ­mas need this money. Farm­ers are owed as much as €31,000.”

The Farm­ing In­de­pen­dent con­tacted liq­uida­tor Cor­mac Mo­han of Fitzwilliam Cor­po­rate In­sol­vency but re­ceived no com­ment.

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