On the pig’s back after Hogan visit

Granard people would have been forgiven for thinking they were on the pig’s back when Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan came to town on Friday to announce a e500,00 revamp for the library but they did not expect to actually see any pigs on the streets. Especially dead pigs. However while the Minister was in the library, a bizarre scene was unfolding outside.

Granard people would have been forgiven for thinking they were on the pig’s back when Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan came to town on Friday to announce a e500,00 revamp for the library but they did not expect to actually see any pigs on the streets. Especially dead pigs. However while the Minister was in the library, a bizarre scene was unfolding outside.

The drama began when a lorry loaded with dead pigs lost some of its cargo as it was travelling through the town.

Witnesses on the street watched in shock as the carcasses and heads of the dead animals fell off the lorry, and landed in the middle of the street.

According to locals, the lorry driver was oblivious to what was happening, and when the Gardaí were called they caught up with the lorry about 15 minutes later at the County Bridge on the road to Cavan. Two units of the Fire Brigade were called in to assist and a number of locals also helped out with the clean up operation that later ensued.

Town Mayor, Cllr John Maguire was one of the first people to become aware of the saga last Friday morning.

A member of the local fire service himself, he alerted his colleagues to the situation before donning the Mayoral chains to officially welcome Minister Hogan to Granard.

“Basically a couple of pigs fell of one of the trucks as it was travelling through the town and it caused a pretty bad stench,” Cllr Maguire explained to the Leader.

“One of the biggest problems we had was how we were going to remove them. We got on to the council and they provided us with a digger, and then we spoke to the Gardaí, who were successful in tracing the driver of the truck out at the County Bridge.”