Norris gets tax exemption for his book on Joyce's life
SENATOR David Norris has been granted tax relief by the Revenue on his earnings from his guide to the life of James Joyce.
It is a boost for the former presidential candidate, who missed out on getting any state refund for the €331,000 that he spent on his campaign last year.
Mr Norris was granted an exemption from up to €40,000 in income tax on profits from his book 'Introducing Joyce -- a Graphic Guide'.
The Revenue Commissioners decided that it met the requirements of the artist-exemption scheme as a work that was "original and creative" and "generally recognised as having, cultural or artistic merit".
Mr Norris could be in a position to qualify for the scheme again later this month when his autobiography 'A Kick Against the Pricks' is due to be published.
He is amongst 44 new artists added to the tax-free list between July and September.
Mr Norris is a noted Joycean, who helped set up the James Joyce Centre in Dublin, popularised the celebration of Bloomsday and performed his own one-man James Joyce show.
In the Seanad yesterday, Mr Norris spoke in favour of the Privacy Bill, which he is bringing forward to restrict the right of the media to report on the private lives of individuals.
He could not be contacted for comment last night.