Interesting to see that that sanctamonious cow Sinéad O'Connor is happy to leave paying taxes to the great unwashed :x
Celebrity names stand out in the exemption list
POP stars Samantha Mumba and Sinead O'Connor were among the celebrity names on yesterday's published Revenue list of those who availed of the artists' tax exemption scheme.
Yesterday's list does not tell the public how much tax-free money each of the 1,512 people received.
Yesterday's published Revenue list includes writers, musicians, painters, political spin doctors, journalists and playwrights. Some 28 are believed to have earned from €500,000 up to €10m in 2001, claiming a collective tax exemption of €46m.
Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello is on the list as is his ex-wife, Cait O'Riordan of The Pogues. Aslan lead singer Christy Dignam, also appears as does Brian Kennedy and David Kitt, the son of Government chief whip Tom Kitt.
Others on the music list include Finbar Wright, Juliet Turner, Eimear Quinn and Kieran and Michael Goss. Kenyan-born singer Roger Whittaker, who set up home in Co Offaly in 2000, is also on it.
Pauline McLynn, who played 'Fr Ted's' housekeeper "Mrs Doyle", claimed tax relief for her books. Also on this list is Mannix Flynn, crime writer John Connolly and children's book author Eoin Colfer.
Best-selling "chick-lit" authors Cathy Kelly, Sheila O'Flanagan and Martina Devlin also claimed tax relief as did Judy May Murphy and Sarah Webb.
Journalists include 'Sunday Tribune' political editor Stephen Collins, 'Sunday World' political editor Sean Boyne, 'Magill' editor Eamon Delaney, 'Sunday Independent' writers Gene Kerrigan and Stephen Dodd, and 'Sunday Times' writer Liam Fay.
The late 'Irish Times' editor Douglas Gageby claimed tax relief for his book 'Sean Lester and The League of Nations'. BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson claimed for three books he wrote while resident in Ireland.
Names from the theatre world include playwright Conor McPherson, Mark O'Rowe.
Director Jim Sheridan's daughter, Kirsten Sheridan, is there, as are "Navan Man" Stuart Carolan and Irish Independent restaurant critic and columnist, Alan Stanford.