Sunday 1 February 2015

Josephine jets out on her globe- trotting job

Published 08/06/2014 | 02:30

Revenue Commissioners’ chairman Josephine Feehily and dictator-cum-president Ilham Aliyev, far right, in Azerbaijan in April 2012

There was the time that Josephine met the dictator. Yes, the Revenue Commissioners' chairman Josephine Feehily is quite the traveller.

In her part-time role at the World Customs Organisation, the Revenue boss has to travel to the ends of the Earth.

In recent years this has taken her as far away as Azerbaijan, where she rather unwisely was photographed with local strongman dictator Ilham Aliyev (above).

Other trips – to learn more about other tax systems and to spread the word about Ireland's terrific taxes – have seen the Revenue chief jet to Abuja in Nigeria, the French Riviera, and Montenegro in recent years.

She has spoken at conferences too, including delivering a monologue about how the internet helps the Revenue Commissioners at a do in Mexico.

The Revenue handed me over a detailed list of her travels in the last 17 months.

The bill for trips to exotic locations ranging from Moscow, Marrakech and Tblisi to Athens was almost €10,500. This included claims for 27 nights away since January 2013.

"These costs were incurred in relation to the chairman's role as head of the Irish Tax and Customs administration, Chair of the WCO Policy Commission and Council and Chair of the OECD's Forum on Tax Administration," according to the Revenue.

With close to a month out of the country, if the Revenue boss keeps this up, she could be well on the way to becoming a tax exile.

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