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Water protester makes €136k Revenue settlement


Protester Damien O’Neill (Collins)

Protester Damien O’Neill (Collins)

Protester Damien O’Neill (Collins)

A general Election candidate who spent time in jail for trying to prevent the installation of water meters has made a €136,000 settlement with the Revenue Commissioners.

Damien O'Neill - who got 1,446 votes in Dublin Bay North - had to pay interest and ­penalties for under-declaring capital gains tax and income tax.

The anti-water charges campaigner is listed on the Revenue list of tax defaulters as a company director.

Records show that Mr O'Neill - from Greenwood Park, Blunden Drive in Dublin 13 - has been involved in a number of companies in areas such as cleaning, security and wholesale.

He ran as an Independent candidate in the election, citing over 30 years as a community activist as his big selling point.

"I continue to stand with the people in their fight against austerity, and I am committed to giving something back to the community," his election webpage said. He stood as part of the Right2Change platform and finished 16th out of 20 candidates in the so-called "group of death" constituency of Dublin Bay North.


Contacted yesterday about the Revenue settlement, Mr O'Neill said he had no comment to make about it.

Figures released by the Commissioners show that he owed a tax bill of €84,739 but as part of the settlement he also agreed to pay €25,849 in interest and another €25,849 in penalties. The total debt came to €136,010.

Mr O'Neill previously came to public attention when he was imprisoned for contempt of court orders that restrained interference with water meter installers.

He had been sentenced to 56 days in jail in February of last year but was released, along with three others, after less than a month on a technicality.