Calls for action after over 70 sheep killed in Kerry

The IFA’s national sheep chairman has called for urgent action to be taken following a devastating dog attack in Kerry which saw over 70 sheep killed.

Kevin Comiskey has called on Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue to act on dog control before further attacks.

The IFA has said that over 70 ewes and lambs were attacked and killed or forced into the sea where they subsequently drowned in the past few days in the Sneem area in Kerry, leaving a local farmer devastated.

“IFA have been tirelessly working for dog control laws to be strengthened up, but the Minister has failed to move quickly and we are going to continue to see attacks like these devastate more farm families,” Mr Comiskey said.

Recently, stronger regulations were brought before the Cabinet but the IFA says more needs to be done to ensure serious consequences for the owners of dogs found attacking livestock.