Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Revenue identifies tax defaulters

Some well known figures are named and shamed on the latest Revenue defaulters' list

Model turned TV presenter Glenda Gilson and a private Catholic school manager who refused to enrol a pregnant teenager have been named and shamed by tax chiefs.

Gilson, host of TV3's Xpose and former girlfriend of rugby star Brian O'Driscoll, was left with a bill for 73,000 euro after under-declaration of VAT and income tax.

The 31-year-old from College Gate, Castleknock, Dublin faced a High Court action last year after the Gilson Motor Company she owned with her brother Damien went bust. Her tax settlement was just about a tenth of the bill facing school boss Padraig O'Shea, from Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary.

A former principal at the lay Catholic St Joseph's College in the town, his tax fraud was exposed after Revenue found that he under-declared income tax in a deposit interest reporting case. His 705,619 euro bill includes 346,059 euro in unpaid taxes, plus 100,016 euro interest and 259,544 euro in fines.

O'Shea was unrepentant after a Children's Ombudsman investigation ruled that St Joseph's discriminated against a 16-year-old girl who was refused a place because she was pregnant. He left as principal in 2009 and stayed on as manager.

Revenue said the largest million-plus settlements were paid by company director Barry McDonald of Glanmire, hit with a 1.16 million euro bill. He was jailed in May for two years for personal and business tax offences amounting to almost 600,000 euro, linked to McDonald Cleaning Services.

The other major settlements were by retired company director David Delahunty of Palmerstown Gardens, Rathmines, Dublin, who had a bill for 1.2 million euro, and drapers De Gee Limited, Northbrook Road, Dublin, with a bill for 1.2 million euro.

Elsewhere, bloodstock agent Hugo Merry, whose mansion at Kilshannig stud in Co Cork has been linked to Princess Diana Spencer's family, was left with an 84,477 euro bill and farrier Martin Leahy, from Melitta Park, Kildare town, who settled for 360,198 euro.

Carol Collopy, a sister of a Limerick criminal, was named for selling illegal cigarettes. In May she was jailed for two years at a Limerick court for the offence.

Revenue said that of the 106 cases published for the three months to the end of June, six settlements valued at 1.95 million relate to investigations into offshore funds and seven worth 2.89 million euro related to the single premium insurance products investigation cases.

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