THREE Tipperary people have featured on the latest list of tax defaulters released by the Revenue Commissioners, the most high of whom is Padraig O’Shea, former principal of St Joseph’s College in Borrisoleigh.
Mr O’Shea, who is listed as a private school operator, made a settlement of €705,619 with Revenue for under declaration of income tax, putting him into the Top 10 of defaulters.
In a statement after the list was published over the weekend, he said: “Mr O’Shea, the owner of St Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh, states that the €700,000 had absolutely nothing to do with Department of Education funding for his school. His school accounts are fully audited each year and never did a problem arise. In fact, the school has been short of finance with the recent cuts and Mr O Shea has frequently put personal resources into the school account.
“Mr O’Shea was once a substantial farmer in Tipperary and owned property in Cork and Kerry. Mr O’Shea had invested over €500,000 in secondary education in Borrisoleigh since 1978. He is most appreciative of the great support of all parents, teachers and pupils. Since the school started it has graduated over 3,000 girls and boys with outstanding Leaving results. Mr O’Shea asserts that snipe comments from Dublin media will not deflect his school from providing a first class education in North Tipperary.”
Mr O’Shea was in the headlines earlier this year after it was revealed that St Joseph’s College had refused to allow a pregnant teenager to become a student at the non-fee paying secondary school.
The other defaulters were John Hayes, building contractor / farmer of Upper Ballingarry, Thurles, who settled for €36,632 for under declaration of VAT and relevant contracts tax, and Noel Killeen, roofing contractor, of Rathcabbin, Roscrea, who settled for €61,764 for under declaration of VAT.