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Monday 18 December 2017

Gilmore invites Bono to his office to talk about tax

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has invited Bono to drop into his constituency office if he wants to discuss the Government’s tax policy.

The U2 frontman has given his most comprehensive defence of the band’s controversial decision to move their business overseas, to legitimately avoid paying tax.

Bono says the band’s stance is in line with the government policy on “tax competitiveness”.

As he lives in Killiney, Bono is a constituent of Mr Gilmore’s in Dun Laoghaire.

When asked if he agreed with his constituent’s views on where his company pays its tax, Mr Gilmore ducked the question.

But he did appear to invite Bono in to talk about tax policy, if he wanted.

“No constituent has come into my constituency clinic to express the views or to put on my table the issue that you have just raised with me.

“And if they did I wouldn’t talk about it in public anyway because it has always been my practice not to talk about the individual tax matters of individual taxpayers and I think that is the view of the Revenue Commissioners.

“If any of my constituents want to take to me about their tax matters or tax matters relating to their company, my constituency address is 47a Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, and I don’t believe it’s too far from any of the constituents you might be thinking about,” he said.

Bono’s mansion, Temple Hill, on Vico Road in Killiney is just five kilometres away from Mr Gilmore’s constituency office.

By Fionnan Sheahan

Online Editors

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