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Tipperary Farmer Convicted & Fined Under Section 22 of Wildlife Act.

A North Tipperary farmer has been convicted in court and fined €1,000 for killing two Mute swans on his property.

Mr Thomas Hogan with an address at Kylebeg, Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary was convicted and fined at Nenagh District Court on January 5th last.

Mute Swans on River Suir Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Pic: G. Willoughby.

On conviction Mr Hogan was fined the sum of €1,000 for shooting and killing the two Mute Swans on his lands at Ashley Park, Ardcrony, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, on a date understood to be March 21st, 2021.

The case had previously been heard before the court in June of 2022 when Mr Hogan pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 22 of the Wildlife Act.

The case had been investigated and prosecuted by an Gardaí Siochána in conjunction with (NPWS).

Sgt Regina McCarthy outlined the facts of the case, while the National Parks and Wildlife Service conservation ranger detailed legal options that would have been available to Hogan to address the issue of flocks of swans grazing his farmland.

Mr Justice John King convicted and fined Mr Hogan €500 per swan and granted him six months in order to pay the fine.

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