Longford car dealer warned he’s at “grave risk” of jail

A Longford car dealer, being pursued by the Revenue for ten years in a bid to recover a €4.97m judgment has been warned he is at “grave risk” of being jailed a third time for contempt over allegedly still giving the Revenue the “runaround”.

The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, issued the warning after a Revenue receiver said he believes John Alex Kane, of Granard, Co Longford, had last month orchestrated moving his neighbours’ cattle onto his lands, on which Tricolour flags were also placed, to frustrate a planned sale by the receiver.

Patrick and Clare Nannery, who own the cattle and have some 200 acres adjoining the Kane lands, had told the receiver they had nothing to do with moving the cattle,and were very annoyed about it,

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Mr Nannery had said he had no dealings with the lands and had alleged the Kanes were moving cattle, the court was told.

Mr Kane denied any involvement in moving the cattle and suggested the Nannerys are bringing the cattle onto his lands.

The judge said “cattle don’t have a mind of their own and cannot climb over a fence” and it did not appear to be in the neighbours’ interest to move their own cattle onto the Kane lands.

Mr Kane also complained the Revenue were seeking to move against a former pub property, the Bent Elbow at Stradone, Co Cavan, which he said belongs to his wife.

The Revenue believes that property was purchased with undeclared monies of Mr Kane’s with a view to convert it into a fully serviced car workshop and it is seeking to appoint Mr Kirby as receiver over that property.

Gary McCarthy SC, for the Revenue, got orders on Wednesday to advance the Revenue application concerning that property

Mr McCarty also said, arising from “worrying developments” concerning the frustration of the receiver’s efforts to sell lands, the Revenue was reluctantly seeking to have Mr Kane jailed a third time for contempt.

After Mr Kane sought time to respond to the receiver’s sworn statements, the judge agreed to provide that but warned him “This is your last chance and there won’t be any more.”