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Ireland Straight man who married best friend to avoid paying inheritance tax said he would do it all over again as he paid tribute to his partner

11:00  19 january  2020
11:00  19 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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He said he would give me the house so I have somewhere to live when he goes.” He said Murphy “was chatting a friend down the country in Cashel, Co Tipperary, and she jokingly said we O’Sullivan paid tribute to Ireland’s LGBT community. “The equality gay and lesbian people did for this country

Michael said : ‘ He said that he couldn’t pay me as a career. Eventually Matt said the only way he After the cost of inheritance tax became apparent, meaning Michael would have to sell the home, Matt Same-sex marriage was legalised in Ireland in 2015, and Michael paid tribute to the country’s

a person wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Matt Murphy (85) (wearing spectacles) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin © Collins Agency, Dublin Matt Murphy (85) (wearing spectacles) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin

A straight man who married his best friend to avoid paying €50,000 in inheritance tax said he would do it all over again as he paid tribute to his partner. Michael O’Sullivan lost his husband Matt Murphy earlier this week when he passed away in hospital following a short illness. Just days earlier Michael, who tied the knot with 84-year-old Matt in Dublin two years ago, told the Irish Sunday Mirror of their happiness.

a close up of a man wearing a hat: Matt Murphy (85) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin © Collins Agency, Dublin Matt Murphy (85) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin Michael said he would marry Matt again in a heartbeat despite becoming his full-time carer after he developed dementia He said: “I knew what I was getting into. Don’t get me wrong when he’s been sick recently it has been tough but I would do it all again. “Up until he went into hospital everything had been grand. We celebrated our second wedding anniversary on December 22.”

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In order to avoid paying tax , the pair are now set to marry this Christmas. Matt Murphy, 85, asked his best friend and carer Michael O’Sullivan, 58, to marry him as he 'When we said we would do this, you see Matt can't pay for me to care for him ', Mr O'Sullivan told Claire Byrne Live on RTE One.

Best friends Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan are straight , but decided to get married when they discovered how much tax O’Sullivan will have to pay on the house Murphy will leave him after he passes away. “I’ve known Matty for 30 years. We became very friendly after my second relationship

a man wearing a hat and glasses: Matt Murphy (wearing spectacles) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin © Collins Agency, Dublin Matt Murphy (wearing spectacles) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin Michael, 59, said he had no regrets about becoming Matt’s carer and would encourage others to follow suit. He said the set up would be ideal for farmers who want to leave their land to friends without inheritance tax debt.

a man in a suit standing in front of a door: Matt Murphy (85) (wearing spectacles) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin © Collins Agency, Dublin Matt Murphy (85) (wearing spectacles) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin Dad-of-three Michael said: “Hopefully what we have done has inspired other people. There are a lot of farmers down the country who don’t get married but who might have a young lad, a cousin or whoever, coming to help them on the farm and they want to leave it to them. “But if they do leave them the farm they leave them with a debt of a third of the value of it.

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Michael O'Sullivan, 58, and his best friend Matt Murphy, 85, tied the knot after they decided that Mr O’Sullivan should get Mr Murphy’s house in Dublin “ He told me that he couldn't afford to pay me but said that I could live with him and he would give me his house when he passed away as payment

Their main goal was to avoid paying an inheritance tax . Matt Murphy and Michael O'Sullivan He became friends with all my friends , they all loved him ." Murphy could not afford to pay O'Sullivan for his care but said he would offer him his home in his will so he would always have a place to stay.

a man wearing a hat: Matt Murphy (85) (wearing spectacles) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin © Collins Agency, Dublin Matt Murphy (85) (wearing spectacles) and Michael O'Sullivan (58) pictured after their wedding at the Registrar's Office, Lower Grand Canal Street, Dublin “They don’t want to sell it, they want to leave it to someone they know. “If they leave it to a young lad they will have to sell it or they will be landed with a debt. They will have to sell the farm to pay the bloody debt.” He went on: “Marriage was originally a contract, it wasn’t a love thing.“It had nothing to do with love, that came later on.”

Matt passed away on Tuesday and Michael posted a touching tribute on Facebook to his friend of 30 years. He said: “My dapper and lovely husband and friend, Mattie, died peacefully this morning at 4.17am.” The Tipperary native’s funeral took place on Friday at St John’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, in Cashel.

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