Sunday 4 December 2016

Kenny declares membership of four golf clubs among 'gifts' received in 2015

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Arthur Carron
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Arthur Carron

He can't have much time for it, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny has listed membership of four golf clubs among the perks he has benefited from in the past year.

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The Mayo TD, who has previously spoken about how his job demands have had a negative impact on his golfing skills, is an honorary member of the K Club and a captain's guest at Mount Juliet.

He is also a life member of Ballinrobe Golf Club and Castlebar Golf Club in his native county.

Mr Kenny revealed the perks under 'gifts' in his declaration of interests filed with the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo).

Among the other items he has received in the past year is a handmade Suzhou embroidery gift from the Chinese premier, entitled 'Sunrise at Mount Huanghshan'.

The speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, gave him a framed ceramic clock, while artist Kim Haughton gave Mr Kenny a gift of a photo print called 'The Boreen'. These artworks were all handed over by the Taoiseach to the State.

The K Club alone has a joining fee for its country club of €20,000, along with an annual membership of €7,595.

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Tánaiste Joan Burton and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin both reported that they had not received any gifts of note.

All three leaders do not state any occupation outside of politics, but Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams says he is also a writer and declares a pension that he receives from the Northern Assembly.

In his declaration, former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says he had flights to China, Mexico, the US and Belgium paid for by event organisers.

He has spoken at a number of functions, including an anti-corruption conference in Beijing and an event in New York, where he talked about Ireland's economic crash.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald notes that she has received an honorary membership of the St Stephen's Green Hibernian Club.

And in one of the more unusual declarations, Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says he rang a company he used to work with during the floods and it "obliged me" by lending water pumps, a JCB digger and a dumper to help save houses. "I also used my own digger during the floods in affected areas," he adds.

Irish Independent

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