420 people fined for tax offences

Over €1.2m in fines was doled out to some 420 taxpayers for failing to file returns, cigarette smuggling and selling, and for pub licensing offences.

Some 19 publicans and a number of restaurants received fines of between €650 and €1,250 for failure to hold a current liquor licence.

Included in these were Leo Linehan of Currans restaurant on Adelaide St, Cork, who was fined €650 and Frank McCarthy of McCarthy’s Bar at 5 Ilen St in Skibbereen who was fined €750.

The largest fine issued for the offence was €1,265 and was issued to Arbatron Catering Ltd in Ballyforan, Co Roscommon.

Three publicans and one shop owner were fined for counterfeit spirits. Three were fined €2,500 for the offence: Adrian Fitzgerald of the Shannon House Hotel in Foynes, Limerick; Elizabeth O’Donoghue of the Ash Tree Bar in Bandon, Co Cork, and George Tarrant on the Old Church Rd, Ballyvaloon, Cobh.

In all, 19 people were fined or jailed for the illegal selling of cigarettes, including Carol Casey Collopy from Danesfort, Corbally, Co Limerick, who received a two-year custodial sentence. A further 12 people were fined or jailed for cigarette smuggling

Six people, all from Cork, were fined between €700 and €1,700 for fraudulently claiming medical expenses. Five of those fined were PAYE workers.

In one of the stranger fines, builder Zdislaw Soczewka, from Ardfield Rd, Grange, Douglas, Co Cork, was fined €3,000 for failing to keep a vehicle stationary.

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