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Monday 19 February 2018

Kenny has K Club membership

Taoiseach accepted honorary gift from elite golf club at centre of FG row

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny holds an honorary membership to one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the country -- one which was at the centre of an internal Fine Gael row last year.

Mr Kenny is an honorary member of the K Club in Kildare, where Fine Gael held a fundraiser last summer that property developer Michael O'Flynn attended.

It led to a major row, with now junior minister Lucinda Creighton calling for an end to "cute hoor" politics within the party and warning FG was in danger of becoming "Fianna Fail light".

Mr Kenny is also a life member of Ballinrobe Golf Club in Co Mayo and was also a guest of the captain for a round of golf in another top club, Mount Juliet in Kilkenny.

The details are contained in the declaration of members' interests for TDs, which were published on the Oireachtas website last night.

The only other item declared by Mr Kenny was his FG leader's allowance. He also said he gave up his ministerial pensions. But the details are for last year and the members of the last Dail. They do not include new TDs returned in the general election.

New Justice Minister Alan Shatter has shares in a vast array of property interests, spread across Ireland, England, and Florida.

Mr Shatter says he has a joint share in 10 properties and a quarter share in four others. He is also partner in one of the country's leading family law firms, Gallagher Shatter Solicitors in Ely Place, which is just up the road from Government Buildings in Dublin city centre.

The Dublin South TD also has shares in Standard Life; Basta Holdings, a building hardware company; and Aran Candy, a Dublin-based sweet manufacturer.

He was also director in consultancy company Worldwide Infrastructure Alliance Limited, but discharged his involvement in 2010.

Health Minister James Reilly declared occupational income for the Fingal Clinic in Lusk, Co Dublin, and as a landlord for the Lusk Town Centre.


He is also a director of Lusk Property Investments and has declared other interests such as farms in Meath and his native north Dublin; a holiday home in Doonbeg, Co Clare; and a 150-acre holding in US President Barack Obama's ancestral home of Moneygall, Co Offaly.

He also has a house in Rush, Co Dublin, shares in a nursing home in Carrick-on-Suir and a site for a proposed medical "one-stop shop" in Swords. He is also a member of Doonbeg Golf Club.

Dr Reilly also declared contracts with the HSE and the Department of Health.

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen declared his silent partnership in the solicitors' firm O'Donovan and Cowen in Tullamore, and his apartments in Leeds and Dublin.

Bertie Ahern declared income for speaking engagements for the Washington Speaker's Bureau and his 'News of the World' sports column.

He has four directorships including one as chairman of the International Forestry Fund, which had been mentioned as a bidder for state forestry organisation Coillte.

Many TDs, like Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton and Fianna Fail's Sean Haughey -- who listed shares in 55 companies, as well as sites and property -- hold shares in banks like AIB and Bank of Ireland.

Irish Independent

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