Men’s tax charges struck out
TWO MEN had the cases against them struck out at last Tuesday’s sitting of Wicklow District Court.
Edward O’Shaughnessy, Stump Road, Rathdrum and Edward O’Dwyer, 1 Carrigvore, Killiskey, Ashford were both charged with failing to file their income tax returns on October 31, 2007.
Acting for Mr. O’Shaughnessy, solicitor Dermot Hickey said that Mr. O’Shaughnessy’s wife had always looked after the books but she had passed away around the time of the incident.
The court heard Mr. O’Dwyer had simply overlooked the matter because at the time he was involved in an adoption.
Both men had since filed the returns and everything was in order.
Judge Murrough Connellan said the charge was that they had ‘wilfully or knowingly’ failed to file the returns and said that it was not possible to say that a person who was recently bereaved or someone ‘involved in one of the greatest charitable acts’ had wilfully or knowingly deceived the Revenue Commissioners and he struck out the charges.