Wednesday 18 October 2017

TD admits breaching Dail rules on extra earnings

Ailish O'Hora Public Affairs Correspondent

INDEPENDENT TD Noel Grealish last night admitted to the Irish Independent he did not reveal the full extent of his earnings to the Dail.

The Galway West TD, who was re-elected to the 31st Dail last month, received rental income of €35,853 in 2009 from his company Galway Glass Centre but failed to declare it in the register of members' interest.

Under members' rules, rental income must be declared by TDs to the Clerk of the Dail as part of their declarations of income. However, Mr Grealish failed to declare the income until the omission was pointed out to him by this newspaper yesterday. He said the omission was a mistake.

"That was a typographical error," he said yesterday.

Within hours of this newspaper contacting Mr Grealish to ask him why he had failed to declare the income, he instructed his accountant to amend his declaration to include "rental income". His accountant confirmed that the Clerk of the Dail is also being informed of the change.

Mr Grealish's original declaration included his 100pc shareholding in Galway Glass Centre, properties at Briarhill Business Park, Galway, a house in Cregmore, Claregalway and a holiday home in Canet, France.

Debts

Recent accounts filed for the Galway Glass Centre also show the company owes money to the Revenue Commissioners and it has "entered into agreements....in relation to its debts outstanding with them".

The accounts also show that Mr Grealish and his brother Michael have given a personal guarantee of €210,000 for money owed to Bank of Ireland.

Losses at the company for year end March 2010 were over €150,000. Mr Grealish, a former member of the Progressive Democrats, was re-elected in Galway West last month following a recount.

Irish Independent

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