Monday 23 October 2017

Bookies, butcher and artist among top defaulters

Cormac McQuinn and Breda Heffernan

A PLANT hire business owner, a bookies, a butcher and a builder were all among the top five defaulters on the Revenue Commissioners' latest list.

But others included an artist, a private eye and a sex-shop owner.

Micheal Healy (56) of Clone, Aughrim Co Wicklow – a plant hire contractor – was named as the top individual defaulter with a determination of more than €2m for under-declaration of income tax and VAT uncovered by a Revenue audit.

The two directors of Kilkenny bookmakers chain Harrington Bookmakers Ltd made a settlement of a combined €2.4m.

Triona Harrington and Phelim O'Connell, of The Square, Castlecomer, were found to have under-declared income tax, capital gains tax and stamp duty.

Meanwhile Co Waterford butcher and farmer Thomas Kearney, whose shop is on John Street in the city, made a settlement of €1.1m, and property developer Kevin Moore, from Stancliffe, Greenshill, Co Kilkenny settled for just over €1m.

Artist Mark O'Neill had a determination of €720,000 in income tax, interest and penalties after he was audited.

The British-born artist, based in the Mill House Gallery, Bunclody, Co Wexford, told the Irish Independent: "I'm not sure that I want to say anything.

"It's been a pretty unfortunate story with me."

Elsewhere a private investigator based in Co Tipperary did not return calls last night.

Liam Brady of Luska Pier, Coolbawn, Nenagh, whose website promises "discreet" and "confidential" special investigations "no matter how complex or sensitive your problem," was listed for a settlement of €62,000.

A determination of €66,000 was made against Dublin-based "adult shop" owner, Terry Power, with a listed address of 57 Dame Street, where the shop Condom Power is located in the basement.

Of the 135 cases published last night 68 were for amounts exceeding €100,000, of which nine exceeded €500,000 and five of those exceeded €1,000,000.

According to Revenue, settlements and determinations in the last quarter of 2012 totalled €27.72m.

The full list is is available on the Revenue Commissioners' website.

Irish Independent

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