Matt Murphy, 83, intends to leave his house to his carer Michael OSullivan, 58, but it would have left him with a 50,000 levy bill
Two Irish humanities have married in Dublin to avoid paying EUR5 0,000 in estate tax on a house.
Best friends Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan are both heterosexual, but decided to get married when they discovered how much levy would have to be paid on the house Murphy, 83, intended to leave in his will to O’Sullivan, 58, who is his carer.
Same-sex marriage was legalised in Ireland following a referendum in May 2015.
” I’ve known Matty for 30 times. We became very friendly after my second relation broke up ,” O’Sullivan, a father of three, told the
” I have been accompanying Matt out in my vehicle to various parties and all that various kinds of thing. He became friends with all your best friend, they all affection him .”
Each man went through some tough times, with O’Sullivan becoming homeless and Murphy suffering from giant cell arteritis, which affects the optic nerve.
” I stayed over with him for a while and eventually Matt said’ Why don’t you come and stay here ?’ I would go over and stay with him the strange epoch but never full experience .”
Murphy could not afford to pay O’Sullivan as a carer.” Eventually Matt said the only acces he was able to pay me was to leave me the house. He said he would give me the members of this house so I have somewhere to live when he goes .”
However, O’Sullivan knew that would represent a huge levy proposal and the members of this house would have to be sold to pay it. He said Murphy” was chitchatting a friend down the two countries in Cashel, Co Tipperary, and she jokingly said we should get married.
” Then one darknes he turned around and said today to me and I said I would marry him .”
O’Sullivan paid tribute to Ireland’s LGBT community.” The equality gay and lesbian parties did for this country, that they contended hard for, they were subjected to discrimination for most of their lives, they went equality for themselves but too for everybody else .”
The couple got married in a former infirmary on Dublin’s Grand Canal Street, followed by a meal for five at the nearby Gasworks bar.
O’Sullivan was previously married to a woman. It is Murphy’s first marriage.
During the wedding ceremony O’Sullivan spoke of his husband’s great kindness, the
Irish Times reported, while Murphy sang Willie Nelson’s Let the World Go By:” With someone looks just like you, a pal good and true/ I’d like to leave it all behind and go and find/ A lieu that’s known to God alone .”
O’Sullivan said after the ceremony:” I adore Matt and he loves me, as acquaintances .”