Second-home allowance claimed by 13 ministers
A CONTROVERSIAL allowance to offset the cost of maintaining a second home in Dublin is being claimed by 13 government ministers.
The tax break is costing the taxpayer €113,000, working out at an average of roughly €8,700 for each minister.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan revealed the number of ministers claiming the allowance has actually increased with the change of government.
But he added: "For reasons of confidentiality, the Revenue Commissioners cannot reveal the identities of the claimants of the dual abode allowance."
The allowance is a perk for ministers from outside the capital with a second home in it.
The tax break was designed exclusively for rural government ministers to compensate them for having to stay in the capital on government business.
The ministers are entitled to claim tax relief on second homes in the capital, or on hotels or rented apartments, if they don't have a second property.