Monday 19 March 2018

GAA star Lar Corbett to challenge Revenue over pub charge

Lar Corbett during his playing days for Tipp. Photo: Sportsfile
Lar Corbett during his playing days for Tipp. Photo: Sportsfile
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The pub business of Tipperary hurling star Lar Corbett will contest a Revenue Commissioner charge that it had spirits for sale on which the correct alcohol tax had not been paid.

Marlstone Investments Ltd, which operates Lar Corbett's Bar at Coppinger's in Thurles, will contest a single charge brought by the Revenue Commissioners under the Finance Act, 2003.

Mr Corbett is a director of Marlstone Investments.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath was told at Thurles District Court, when the case was called, that there was some confusion over the proceedings.

Michelle O'Connell, for the State, said it was her understanding from the previous court sitting in May that "it was simply to be finalised today".

However, counsel for Marlstone and Mr Corbett said that a not guilty plea was being entered and the matter was being fully contested.

Judge MacGrath said that as no formal plea had been entered beforehand the accused was fully within his rights to enter a not guilty plea and contest the matter.

Judge MacGrath listed the matter for hearing before Thurles District Court on September 20 and ruled it be peremptory against the accused.

The single count alleges that on January 29 2015, at Coppinger's Pub, Parnell Street, Thurles, there were "for sale or delivery specific alcohol products, to wit 16.1 litres of spirits, on which the appropriate rate of tax had not been paid".

The charge is brought contrary to Section 79 (2) of the Finance Act, 2003.

Mr Corbett did not attend yesterday's sitting of Thurles District Court but, with Marlstone Investments, was represented by a solicitor.

Irish Independent

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