Good times roll for Wes despite €800k tax bill for Quirkey's
With a wedding to Rosanna Davison on the horizon, the taxman won't spoil the party, writes Donal Lynch
Until last Wednesday, it seemed that the 'good times' would flow continuously in 2013 for the owners of Dr Quirkey's: the slot machine empire continued to boom from its HQ in the O'Connell Street wasteland – profits increased by nearly half from 2011-2012. The family was again named in Ireland's rich list, with a fortune recently estimated at some €34m. And as business flourished their profile grew – son and heir, Wesley, got engaged to Rosanna Davison, a former Miss World and the daughter of Chris De Burgh, promising a tantalising union of commerce and dodgy songwriting. While others struggled in the recession it seemed the Quirkes could do nothing wrong.
And so the midweek news that the company which owns Dr Quirkey's Good Time Emporium, controlled by Wesley's parents, ran up a VAT bill of just over €800,000 was inevitably greeted by schadenfreude in some quarters. Predictably, however, there was no public comment from a family, which, aside from the controlled ripostes of social media, has always been surprisingly shy of media attention.
In recent years, Wes has spurned red carpets, photo calls and interview requests, preferring to get attention behind the wheel of his flash car and at the spectacular parties he throws.