Minister for Housing Simon Coveney – who now presides over Ireland’s housing crisis – is a landlord – one of at least 30 politicians who must declare they earn more than €2,600 a month in rent.
Minister Coveney is tasked with controlling the housing market in Ireland which has seen rents spiral to record levels in Dublin. While thousands of Irish families are homeless.
He has had to declare he owns a rental property in Harty’s Quay, Rochestown, Cork city.
The revelation has emerged at the same time that one of the biggest landords in the country has admitted the rental market in this country is reaching its “limit.”
1 – Kerry Deputy Michael Healy Rae: At least 8 properties: 2 farmhouses, a property in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, a rental apartment in Killarney, Kerry, houses in Kenmare, Castleisland and Killarney, and student accommodation in Limerick.
2 – Fianna Fáil’s John Mc Guinness: At least 8 properties and an interest in a nursing home: 3 rental properties in Dublin, 3 in Kilkenny, a property in Limerick, a property in Tipperary, and an interest in a nursing home.
3 – Social Democrat, Stephen Donnelly: 2 properties: Rental property in Beacon South Quarter in Dublin and in Clara, Co Offaly.
4 – Former ceann comhairle and Fine Gael TD, Sean Barrett: Shareholder in 1 property: Barrett states he is a shareholder in a company that owns an office block and which is leased to a tenant.
5 – Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: 1 property: Harty’s Quay, Rochestown, in Cork.
6 – Agriculture Minister Michael Creed: Interests in 3 properties: Money invested in three addresses in Macroom, Co Cork.
7 – Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary: 2 month’s rental income from a property that he once lived in on Distillery Road in Dublin but sold it in July 2015.
8 – Fine Gael Galway East TD, Ciarán Cannon: An executive director in a property company.
9 – Fine Gael’s Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: 27 acres at Ferbane, Co Offaly that has been rented out.
10: Waterford TD, John Deasy: 1 rental apartment in Citywest in Dublin.
11: Pat Deering: 1 rental property in Rathvilly, Co Carlow.
12: Chief whip Regina Doherty: 2 properties: One in Ashbourne Business Park and City Campus in Limerick.
13: Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley: 2 properties: One in Charlotte Quay, Dublin and one in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
14: Charlie Flanagan: 1 property: He lets a holiday house in Co Sligo part of the year.
15: Sean Fleming: Rented a former post office in County Laois for part of last year.
16: Independent Noel Grealish: 2 properties and land: He let out a house in Galway and a apartment in Dublin. He also owns a 8,800 sq ft commercial unit in Briarhill, Galway.
17: Martin Heydon: 1 rental property in Co Limerick.
18: Paul Kehoe: 2 properties: Renting a property in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and an apartment on Haddington Road, Dublin 4.
19: Fianna Fail Cork TD, Billy Kelleher: Rents out an apartment in Glanmire, Co Cork.
20: Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith: 1 rental apartment in Dublin.
21: Robert Troy: 2 properties: 1 in Mullingar and 1 inDublin.
22: Wexford’s Mick Wallace: 2 properties: Both are rented out in Wicklow.