Wednesday 17 January 2018

Model and disgraced ex-judge on €11m Revenue default list

  • Restaurateur dishes up €38,904 tax settlement
  • Firm behind Dr Quirkey in Dublin caught for second time

Model Sarah McGovern. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Model Sarah McGovern. Photo: Steve Humphreys
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Model Sarah McGovern has been caught in the latest Revenue swoop. Ms McGovern has paid €37,355 to the taxman for the underdeclaration of income tax, including a €7,000 penalty.

Others named as tax defaulters include disgraced former judge Heather Perrin. The solicitor from Malahide in Co Dublin was declared bankrupt last November, owing more than €500,000 to the Revenue Commissioners and €572,000 to Ulster Bank.

The former district court judge was convicted in 2012 of deception and sentenced to two-and-a-half-years in prison. She had been found guilty of trying to deceive an elderly client out of half his €1m estate.

The latest defaulter's list shows a €233,000 settlement made by Ms Perrin on foot of a court-determined penalty.

Meanwhile, the company behind Dr Quirkey's Good Time Emporium - the Dublin slot machine business controlled by the parents-in-law of former Miss World Rosanna Davison - has been slapped with another penalty.

Dublin Pool and Juke Box Limited was last caught by the taxman in 2013. That year, it made a €803,000 settlement for the underdeclaration of VAT.

Former judge Heather Perrin (60) . Picture: Collins Courts
Former judge Heather Perrin (60) . Picture: Collins Courts

It is just one of a number of firms and individuals hit in the Revenue Commissioners' latest haul from tax defaulters that has netted the Exchequer €11m.

Also snared by the Revenue during the final three months of 2016 was restaurateur Barry Canny, who owns the well-known Peploe's bistro on Dublin's St Stephen's Green.

He was ordered to pay a total of €38,904 on foot of a Revenue audit case, for the underdeclaration of income tax.

The former boss of chip maker Intel, the legendary businessman Craig Barrett, complained in 2004 that he paid the equivalent of $200 for dinner at Peploe's for himself and his wife.

Mr Canny hit out at Mr Barrett's criticism at the time, saying the tech boss "should think about the tax breaks he's getting" in Ireland for Intel.

The largest settlement made with the Revenue Commissioners in the latest period was for €983,000. That was made by landlord David O'Connor of North Main Street, Cork. It was for the underdeclaration of income tax and VAT. He was also a director of Suits Distributors, a major supplier of suits and casual wear that went into liquidation in 2013.

Farmers, publicans and hauliers were also among those who made recent settlements with the Revenue Commissioners.

Irish Independent

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