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Shane Ross: Machetes, crossbows... all in a day's work for Josephine

SHANE ROSS

Published 25/04/2010 | 05:00

GERRY Ryan mentioned her in glowing terms on his radio show on Friday. Josephine Feehily, Ireland's leading taxman, is an unlikely raver -- but the media is covering her gigs with an interest that no other revenue boss has enjoyed.

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Down at the Revenue, they abhor the cult of the personality. Last week, as she launched the annual report, the most they would say about her was that she had a sense of humour, but gentle Josephine has prompted plenty of media curiosity. And she is feeding their interest.

Josephine' s tax squads are having a ball. Last year she bought them a brand new 23.6-metre seagoing vessel, the RCC Faire, to cruise around Ireland 's ports. Its crew are now among Ireland's most profitable sailors. Courtesy of a new container scanner they have been picking up machetes and crossbows by the lorryload among their 227 seizures of offensive weapons, including discoveries of gases, guns and explosives.

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