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Sale of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's headquarters approved

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

Published 17/06/2015 | 22:06

St Luke's Druncomdra
St Luke's Druncomdra

Fianna Fail's National Executive has approved the sale of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's headquarters, St Lukes in Drumcondra, the independent.ie can reveal.

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The sale, believed to be for €760,000, was approved at a meeting of the party's executive tonight.

Mr Ahern’s former stronghold had been put up for sale by Fianna Fail with an asking price of €595,000.

"Yes, we agreed the sale of 161 Lower Drumcondra Road at our meeting," said one senior source.

The Drumcondra offices was the former Taoiseach headquarters for most of his political career and formed a key part of the Mahon Tribunals’ investigations into planning matters and payments.

All aspects of the sale are being handled by Lisney Estate Agents.

The online ad for the property, which is 1,900 square foot in size, set the price of €595,000 and said the premises is a “prominent detached property” and “suitable for a variety of uses”.

The building was bought by a trust of Mr Ahern’s closest associates, dubbed the ‘Drumcondra mafia’ in January 1988 for IR£56,000 and turned into a constituency office, with an apartment overhead where Mr Ahern occasionally lived.

It has been mired in much controversy with Mr Ahern admitting during questioning at the Mahon Tribunal that he kept large amounts of cash in it at a time when he did not hold a bank account.

The trust who bought the property had initially attempted to resist efforts to hand over the house to Fianna Fail before releasing ownership in 2012.

Last year, the party had said it had not immediate plans to sell the property.

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