A bull brought to Tory to help save the island cows from extinction faces expulsion.

Efforts to save the Tory Island breed of cow have run into trouble because the bull brought over to the island to propagate the species now faces deportation.

It seemed like a marriage made in heaven. She was the last of her species, he was her genetic mate. He travelled all the way from Longford to be with her but a year on, Tory island's most famous couple have yet to produce that much longed for heir.

Local people fear the bull is threatening the tourist trade by running wild, and have called on the government to finance a £20,000 super pen to confine him. They also say that the bull will cost around £3,000 a year to maintain. 


An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 August 1999. The reporter is Anne Marie Smyth.