Woman attacked by cow – another farm death in Ireland

Another farm death has occured, after a woman in Co. Monaghan died from injuries she sustained when attacked by a cow.

Reports say the Clontibret woman died in hospital after she was attacked on her farm by a cow in recent days.

According to Northern Sound radio, the woman, who has been named as 63-year-old Teresa McNally from Coolartra in Clontibret, died in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda as a result of serious injuries sustained in an incident the week previously.

The Health and Safety is believed to be investigating the farm death incident.

It is the second reported farm death in recent weeks, after a two-year-old child was killed in Co. Cork.

It brings to six the number of farm deaths in Ireland this year.

The news comes as an Oireachtas committee report on farm safety is due to be published tomorrow (Tuesday). The report contains a number of submissions from farming organisations and recommendations as put forward by the organisations.

In recent months the HSA has said that livestock on Irish farms have become more aggressive and figures show that livestock are responsible for 13% of farm fatalities, the second highest cause after farm machinery.

HSA figures also show that while dairying accounts for just 17% of farm enterprises in Ireland it had 57% of fatal farm incidents in 2007 which makes dairy expansion an area of great concern.

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