'My tax issues are being sorted, I won't let it get me down' - Gerald Kean
LAWYER Gerald Kean has said his issues with Revenue are “being sorted” and blamed his high profile for the matter making headlines.
“I’m helping people with considerably bigger problems than me, but it never gets me," he said.
Collector General Joe Howley has begun High Court proceedings against the celebrity solicitor amid reports he owes a six-figure sum.
The matter was first listed for mention on April 5, and Kean signalled that he planned to defend the case on April 16.
It comes shortly after Kean moved his offices to Dublin’s Trinity Street after being forced to leave his previous base on Pembroke Street, where he had been for many years.
According to reports, he owed his landlord nearly €180,000 in unpaid rent and other debts. He sold his home in Wicklow in 2017 for €1.45m.
Asked about the current status of the case, he said it was being dealt with, and added that he felt it was only a result of his high profile that made it a matter of public interest.
“It’s being sorted anyway,” he said.
“I think that because some people are more in profile than others, that if I run into a small problem then it’s made out to be a bigger problem.
“I’m helping people with considerably bigger problems than me.”
Kean said Irish banks should be doing more to help domestic businesses during difficult times.
“It didn’t happen so much when the banks were supporting businesses, because when the banks were supporting businesses this didn’t happen because you could rely on somebody,” he said.
“Now you can’t. You can’t rely on somebody now, you have to do it yourself and there’s many people like that.
“It’s tough, but the most important thing is not to let it get you down.”
Kean said that while the economy was definitely more buoyant, it was still a long way off Celtic Tiger levels.
“I think the banks not supporting businesses is a big problem. There’s many business owners in trouble,” he said.