THE bitter legal dispute over a farm in Templeglantine took a further twist, after cattle which had been forcibly removed from the land mysteriously reappeared there the following day.
The Limerick Leader has also learned that men wearing balaclavas were seen near the farm while work was being carried out there on behalf of the Roche family, who have fought through the courts to have Daniel Doherty, who claims the farm is his, vacate the property.
Mr Doherty, 40, is currently in jail after refusing to obey a court order that he leave the farm.
Last week, 16 of Mr Doherty’s cattle which had been on the 40 acre farm at Rathcahill were removed under garda escort. A broken down jeep with a sign in the window saying “Land Dispute – Danny Doherty” and a JCB which were on the property were also removed.
However, it is understood that the vehicles were moved back on to the land later that evening, and five of the 16 cattle were moved back on to the farm the following day.
It is clear that the cattle could not have made their own way back to the land, as they were originally moved to a farm at Sugarhill, Templeglantine, approximately ten kilometres away.
These latest events add a further chapter to the protracted dispute over the farm and a house, which dates back to 2004.
Brothers Matt and Eddie Roche, who lived on the property, both died without leaving a will.
Mr Doherty, who helped the bachelors farm the land for a number of years, claimed that they had promised to give the property to him, and as a result he was entitled to it.
However, as the Roche brothers did not name an heir, under law the land passed to their twelve nearest relations.
However Mr Doherty refused to leave the farm even after a court found in favour of the Roche family in a dispute over the property’s ownership in March 2010.
Mr Doherty, whose High Court appeal against the ruling was subsequently thrown out, was imprisoned on July 29 this year for contempt of court, and was sent back to prison by Judge Carroll Moran on August 5 when he refused to give up his claim.