Thursday 18 January 2018

Christy has a dig at U2 over tax avoidance

Christy Moore has taken aim at U2's tax avoidance.
Christy Moore has taken aim at U2's tax avoidance.
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

ICONIC folk singer Christy Moore has taken aim at U2's notorious tax avoidance.

Moore is set to release a new compilation album and has reworked some of the lyrics of Lisdoonvarna, one of his best known songs, to raise the issue.

Despite singer Bono's campaigns advocating increased international aid for Africa, U2 decided to send offshore a share of its profits to the Netherlands to avoid tax.

Earlier this year, Moore caused a stir when he wrote a song criticising Arthur's Day, calling it an "alcoholiday".

Now he has had a sly dig at U2 for the wealthy group's 2006 tax decision which Bono has defended as "in total harmony" with the Irish Government's philosophy.

Versions of Lisdoonvarna, which was written about the festival in Co Clare, have always contained a reference to Adam, Bono, Larry and The Edge.

Bono makes a speech at the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience award for 2013 at a ceremony in the Mansion House Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 17, 2013. See PA story IRISH Malala. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Bono makes a speech at the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience award for 2013 at a ceremony in the Mansion House Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 17, 2013. See PA story IRISH Malala. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The following line was usually about the group having their photo taken - but the singer has now replaced it with a cheeky jibe.

"Heading for the Hague to park the wedge," the crooner has sung about the four band mates in the new version of the song.

The version will appear on the triple CD album Where I Come From, which has been scheduled for release next Friday.

However despite the change, Moore has said that he likes the musicians as people and would like to work with them again.

He also revealed that he rarely sees Bono and the group and lives a private life, trying to avoid celebrity.

"I never see them and they'd never see me, you know?," he told the Sunday Independent.

(The Herald)

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