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Two heterosexual Irish men marry to avoid inheritance tax on property

• https://www.theguardian.com, Pádraig Collins

Two Irish men have married in Dublin to avoid paying €50,000 in inheritance 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 tax 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 years. We became very friendly after my second relationship broke up," O'Sullivan, a father of three, told the Irish Mirror.

"I have been bringing Matt out in my car to various parties and all that kind of thing. He became friends with all my friends, they all loved 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.

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