Illegal Export

Irish horse breeder in import ban

Sunday People, 24/04/2001

A Top Irish horse breeder and Grand National training legend has been left raging after being accused of illegally exporting bulls’ semen. Billy Rock who launched the career of top jockey Tony McCoy, faces charges of bringing the fluid into the Republic without a license. Rock and two other men will be fighting the charges in court but Billy has been suspended from the sperm import trade until the matter is settled. His business activities at his Co. Antrim farm are breeding horses and importing bulls’ semen for artificial insemination. The two other men charged are Robert Cameron from Mansfield Road, Mauchline, Ayrshire and James Ernest Campbell from ‘Lawnfield’, Tempo, Co. Fermanagh. A court hearing in regard to the allegations of three years ago has been suspended a number of times due to unavailability of witness due to the foot and mouth outbreak but it is finally due to go ahead in June.


Farmer arrested for animal smuggling

Wicklow People, 24/07/2003

The Dunlavin livestock dealer who hit the headlines when he smuggled sheep from a foot and mouth infected herd into the country has been arrested again, on suspicion of animal smuggling. Fifty three year old John Walsh will appear in a Scottish court this Monday on suspicion of importing animals without a permit and animal cruelty. Forty three puppies and three kittens that were in Walsh’s possession at the time have been taken into care at animal welfare centres in Scotland. Walsh is originally from Calverstown but his family moved to Ballyhurtin Dunlavin many years ago. Walsh was jailed in January 2002 by a Dublin court when he was convicted of smuggling almost 300 sheep, some of which were infected with foot and mouth, into Ireland. His Offaly farm was seized this year by CAB in order to pay a tax bill believed to be in the region of €900,000. 


Farmer arrested for animal smuggling

Wicklow People, 24/07/2003

The Dunlavin livestock dealer who hit the headlines when he smuggled sheep from a foot and mouth infected herd into the country has been arrested again, on suspicion of animal smuggling. Fifty three year old John Walsh will appear in a Scottish court this Monday on suspicion of importing animals without a permit and animal cruelty. Forty three puppies and three kittens that were in Walsh’s possession at the time have been taken into care at animal welfare centres in Scotland. Walsh is originally from Calverstown but his family moved to Ballyhurtin Dunlavin many years ago. Walsh was jailed in January 2002 by a Dublin court when he was convicted of smuggling almost 300 sheep, some of which were infected with foot and mouth, into Ireland. His Offaly farm was seized this year by CAB in order to pay a tax bill believed to be in the region of €900,000. 


Cattle ring is smashed.

Sunday World, 05/10/2003

A huge cattle smuggling racket along the border has been smashed. The DOA has discovered that false ear tags are being used for animals being smuggled and offered for sale and that the racketterrs are also using identity cards which don’t belong to animals being sold into the Irish meat chain. A number of farmers and cattle dealers in the border counties of Monaghan, Cavan, Louth and Donegal are being quizzed in connection with the racket.


Crocodiles and snakes ‘destined for sale here’

Irish Examiner, 25/02/2006

Crocodiles which can grow up to three metres long were among a haul of deadly reptiles destined for sale here, it emerged last night.  see more


Farmer pleads guilty to cattle movement charges

Examiner, 17/11/2001 

The father of top jockey Norman Williamson was yesterday fined £1,000, ordered to pay £1,535 witness expenses and £500 costs after pleading guilty to charges relating to the illegal movement of cattle.  see more



Livestock man wins bail appeal

Irish Independent, 15/05/2001

A livestock dealer charged with illegally importing sheep shortly before the outbreak of foot-and-mouth and with revenue offences has been granted leave to apply for bail by the High Court.

Wicklow-born John Walsh (50), with an address in Carlisle, Cumbria, has been held at Cloverhill prison in west Dublin since he was arrested last month by detectives from the Criminal Assets Bureau and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

At a previous hearing gardaÍ objected to bail because they believed hi would abscond.

He has been charged with illegally importing 279 sheep.