Mrs Brown's tax avoiders

Paddy Houlihan who plays Dermot Brown

Three 'Mrs Brown's Boys' cast members have been named in leaked Paradise Papers documents, after allegedly donating upwards of £2 million into a tax-avoidance scheme.

Documents from the newly-leaked Paradise Papers reportedly reveal how stars Patrick Houlihan, Fiona Delany, and Martin Delany transferred their fees to companies in Mauritius before sending money back as loans.

In official guidance issued in 2016, HMRC said it would investigate and challenge such practices. The other actors have not yet commented.

Mr Houlihan told he Irish Times he joined the scheme after receiving professional advice without fully understanding it.

The legal scheme appears to be similar to the kind used by the comedian Jimmy Carr, which was exposed by The Times in 2012.

Richard Bilton from Panorama approached Fiona O'Carroll with questions about the apparent tax dodge but O'Carroll declined to respond, telling the reporter "I don't even know who you are".

At the time, Carr's tax dealings were described as "morally wrong" by Prime Minister David Cameron, before he subsequently withdrew from the scheme.

Their fees came from a production company owned by the show's leading star and creator Brendan O'Carroll, who stipulated to BBC News that neither he nor his companies have been involved in any tax avoidance schemes.

O'Carroll said neither he nor his companies have been involved in a tax avoidance scheme or structure and the actors' wages were paid into a United Kingdom company bank account.

Mr O'Carroll's production company is registered at accountant Mr Lyness's office in Oldbury in the West Midlands. Mr Lyness told the BBC he was unable to "divulge confidential information concerning my clients" financial affairs'. Patrick Houlihan is one of the boys - Dermot.

Mr Lyness also does the accounts for the Mrs Brown's Boys global operation - but Brendan O'Carroll, who plays Mrs Brown, did not use the Mauritius scheme. There is also a successful stage show which tours the world.

They're portrayed as a bunch of "feckin' eejits" in the hit comedy Mrs Brown's Boys.

The Paradise Papers are a huge batch of leaked documents sent to a German newspaper, which then became the subject of an enormous, global investigation headed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The stars - Patrick Houlihan, Martin Delany and Fiona Delany - reportedly diverted £2million through the offshore scheme. No figures are available for Paddy Houlihan, as his company's accounts for that period are not in the data.

However Mr O'Carroll's daughter, Fiona O'Carroll, who plays Maria and her husband, Martin Delany, who plays Trevor, have been named as members of the scheme.

Related News:

  • Has the new John Lewis ad been discovered?

    Has the new John Lewis ad been discovered?

    It also uses a font which is similar to the style used by John Lewis in adverts and the hashtag #BounceBounce previous year . In recent years the John Lewis Christmas TV advert has become something of a phenomenon.
    Nissan GT-R Adds Pure Trim Level for $101685

    Nissan GT-R Adds Pure Trim Level for $101685

    It looks like Nissan are hoping to rekindle some of that bargain magic while still terrorising 911 owners with the Pure edition. To recap the last nine-odd years, the GT-R has always been an extraordinarily capable vehicle for not all that much money.
    CVS Health Corp. Profit Falls 13% In Q3

    CVS Health Corp. Profit Falls 13% In Q3

    The stock is now moving below its 20-Day Simple Moving Average of -5.24% with a 50-Day Simple Moving Average of -10.33 percent. According to their observations and findings, the stock could provide a high EPS of $1.51/share and a low EPS of $1.47/share.
  • Matthew Scully-Hicks guilty of murdering adopted daughter

    Matthew Scully-Hicks guilty of murdering adopted daughter

    The court heard Elsie suffered a broken leg, just above her right ankle, just two months after being in the care of Scully-Hicks. A post-mortem examination also revealed Elsie had suffered several broken ribs, a fractured left femur and a fractured skull.
    Millions of Netflix subscribers have been targeted by a new scam

    Millions of Netflix subscribers have been targeted by a new scam

    The user will then be taken to a "reactivated" screen, again giving the impression that nothing is wrong. This screen shot from Mailguard shows what you are likely to see if you click on the link in the email.
    Mourinho stands before Madrid court for alleged tax evasion

    Mourinho stands before Madrid court for alleged tax evasion

    After the tax fraud accusations were announced in June, the agency that represents Mourinho, Gestifute, released a statement . Mourinho is the latest football figure to be targeted by tax authorities in Spain.
  • First look of Anushka Shetty's Bhagmati to be out tomorrow

    First look of Anushka Shetty's Bhagmati to be out tomorrow

    The makers of Anushka Shetty's upcoming film titled Bhagmati , chose to treat her fans with a pre-birthday surprise. Meanwhile as a surprise for the audience Bhagmati first look poster is going to be released today.
    X Factor Fans Brand Nicole Scherzinger's Appearance 'Disrespectful'

    X Factor Fans Brand Nicole Scherzinger's Appearance 'Disrespectful'

    Nicole Scherzinger wowed The X Factor fans as she took to the stage in a skin-tight white mesh dress. And she is still going to be the heart of the show'.
    Guide: How to access the Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC

    Guide: How to access the Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC

    Once arrived, keep on the lookout for the trader named Ohtur - he'll be doing his thing somewhere near the entrance to the city. Nearly the whole new area is covered with snow, icy lakes, and snowstorms, save for some interior sections.
  • AstraZeneca plc 1.3% Potential Decrease Indicated by Jefferies International

    This would indicate that the analyst believes there is a downside of -1 .3% from the opening price of 5167 GBX. The stock of AstraZeneca plc (LON:AZN) has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, November 12 by Bryan Garnier & Cie.
    Police say 6-year-old Brooklyn boy found safe

    Police say 6-year-old Brooklyn boy found safe

    Police say a 6-year-old boy with autism who had been reportedly kidnapped by his babysitter in Brooklyn has been found safe. Police are asking people with any information on Devin or Kolajo to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
    Is Eli Manning in danger of being benched?

    Is Eli Manning in danger of being benched?

    Obviously, we've got a lot of corrections to make, so we've got to go back to the film room and see what we can do better. When asked about the situation Sunday, Manning made it clear that he wants to be out on the field with his teammates.


Most liked

Twitter briefly stopped showing search results for terms like gay and bisexual
At the least, it made discussions unnecessarily hard ; some even accused Twitter of deliberately silencing LGBT voices. Twitter has come under fire for blocking image, video and news search results for " bisexual " and "transexual".

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus With Dual Rear Cameras & Bezel-less Display Leaked
As far as the pricing is concerned, Mi 6C may be priced starting at 2,699 Yuan, which translates to roughly around Rs 26,300. The Surge S2 chipset will be manufactured on 16nm process, as opposed to the 28nm process used to build the Surge S1.

CPI(M) defers decision on Thomas Chandy until AG gives legal opinion
Since the CPM secretariat has not made any decision on this, CPI will make its stand clear in the LDF meeting. However, Pinarayi Vijayan is yet to react after the order from the vigilance court had come out.

Here's the first look of Lamborghini's concept of supercar in 2030
Speaking to Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali, he told AutoCar UK that the next Huracan will need to be a hybrid. As a matter of fact, this will be revealed at the in-hose technology conference of MIT at EmTech 2017 in Boston.

Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades launches November 15
Announced on Twitter, the new release date is just over two weeks later than the original release date of October 31 . In addition to multiplayer quests, single-player quests are also available for players to enhance their characters.

Arista Networks (ANET) in Focus: Stock Moves 11.2% Higher November 06, 2017
To measure price-variation, we found ANET's volatility during a week at 4.88% and during a month it has been found around 2.47%. In related news, insider Anshul Sadana sold 12,000 shares of Arista Networks stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 16th.

AAA Michigan: Statewide average gas prices jump 20 cents
Prices this week are almost 70 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and almost 34 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. About 20-cents per gallon higher than they were a week ago according to AAA of MI .

Fire Marshal Urges Missourians to Check Fire Extinguishers
In total, 142 fire extinguisher models manufactured by Kidde between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017, are being recalled. Missouri State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is urging all Missourians to check their fire extinguishers following a U.S.

AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Cowen and Company
Rosenblatt Securities downgraded United States Steel Corp. from a "buy" rating to a "neutral" rating in a research note on Monday. BidaskClub upgraded United States Steel Corporation from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Wednesday, July 12th.

Nitish for 50% quota in private sector jobs
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has brought forward a controversial pitch asking for reserving half the jobs in judiciary in. Earlier, the Lok Janshakti Party led by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan had also demanded job reservations in private firms.

Italian legend Andrea Pirlo thanks NYCFC, retires from soccer
Speaking on social media, he said: "Last match in MLS ". "As my time at NYFC comes to an end, I would like to say a few words". Although he could not sign off with another trophy in NY , the 38-year-old was grateful to all those who had supported him.

Blake Lively looks unrecognisable filming in Dublin
The Rhythm Section is an onscreen adaptation of Mark Burnell's British novel series, Stephanie Patrick . The spy thriller is being produced by Michael G.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD), Monsanto Company (MON)
According to Finviz reported data, The SMA20 of the stock is at -7.59 percent, SMA50 is -9.31 percent, while SMA200 is 2 percent. MARTIN JOHN C had sold 73,333 shares worth $4.78 million on Thursday, June 1. $325,114 worth of Gilead Sciences, Inc .

NERD Unveil New Album Featuring Kendrick, André 3000, MIA, More
Kendrick Lamar and M.I.A.)'ESP''Lightning Fire Magic Prayer''Rollinem 7's' (feat. It's called No_One Ever Really Dies and it has a host of big-name guests.

Ozzy Osbourne Announces New Farewell Tour
Download returns to the Donington Park in the East Midlands on June 8 to 10 and tickets are on sale now. "We would be punching each other even when Ozzy was on stage performing".