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 soldiers have married in Dublin to avoid paying EUR5 0,000 in estate tax on a house.

Best sidekicks Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan are both heterosexual, but decided to get married when they discovered how much excise would have to be paid on the house Murphy, 83, intended to leave in his are willing to O’Sullivan, 58, who is his carer.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in Ireland following a referendum in May 2015.

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December 22, 2017

” I’ve known Matty for 30 times. We became very friendly after my second rapport broke up ,” O’Sullivan, a father of three, told the Irish Mirror.

” I have been delivering Matt out in my automobile to numerous parties and all that kind of happen. He grew friends with all my friends, they all adored him .”

Each man went through some tough times, with O’Sullivan becoming homeless and Murphy suffering from giant cell arteritis, which alters the optic nerve.

” I remained 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 peculiar day but never full day .”

Murphy could not afford to pay O’Sullivan as a carer.” Eventually Matt said the only way he could pay me was to leave me the members of this 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 mean a huge tax invoice and the members of this house would have to be sold to pay it. He said Murphy” was chatting a friend down the country in Cashel, Co Tipperary, and she jokingly said we should get married.

” Then one nighttime he turned around and said it to me and I said I would marry him .”

O’Sullivan paid tribute to Ireland’s LGBT community.” The equality gay and lesbian people did for this country, that they crusaded hard for, the latter are subject to discrimination for most of their lives, they got equal rights for themselves but too for everybody else .”

The couple got married in a former hospital 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 situate that’s known to God alone .”

O’Sullivan said after the opening ceremony:” I cherish Matt and he adores me, as pals .”


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