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Taoiseach Enda Kenny is suddenly declaring all of his properties -- even though he doesn't need to.

Mr Kenny's latest declaration of his interests lists ownership of his family home, his constituency office in Castlebar, an apartment in Dublin and a field in Mayo.

But this is the first time the Taoiseach has listed these properties in his statutory declaration and he doesn't have to make the information public.

Mr Kenny's declaration follows a report in the Irish Independent earlier this year on his assets, which pointed out he was not obliged to list any of the properties. When asked in January about Mr Kenny's declaration, his spokesman said the Taoiseach was acting within the guidelines.

"The Taoiseach's understanding is that these properties were not registrable interests under the Ethics in Public Office Act," the spokesman said at the time.

But in his Register of Interests, submitted in February, Mr Kenny decided to declare all four properties.

Last night, Mr Kenny's spokesman had no comment to make about why the Taoiseach had now decided to declare all four properties. Mr Kenny did declare his ownership of the field on three occasions a decade ago, but hasn't mentioned it since 2003.

Portfolio

The Taoiseach has also increased his honorary membership of golf clubs to five.

But Mr Kenny's property portfolio fades into insignificance compared to Fine Gael ministers Dr James Reilly and Alan Shatter.

Dr Reilly, the Health Minister, declares ownership of nine properties including a half-acre site at Cock Hill, Stamullen, Co Meath, and a derelict ruin on a quarter acre with no planning permission at Balrothery, Co Dublin, among others.

Mr Shatter, the Justice Minister, declares ownership of 14 properties in Dublin, London and Florida.

"All property detailed is jointly owned with another (the 'other' being one of two others in respect of each property) save for the last property listed in which I have only a quarter beneficial interest with a quarter interest vesting individually in three others," Mr Shatter wrote on his form.

The Register of Members Interests for the Seanad was also published yesterday.

Dr Martin McAleese, the husband of former President Mary McAleese, declared a half-share in four apartments -- two in a complex in Rostrevor, Co Down, and two in a complex in Dublin city.

He also has honorary membership of five golf clubs -- the K Club in Kildare, Mount Wolseley, Co Carlow; Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim; Dundalk, Co Louth; and Lucan, Co Dublin.

Senator Feargal Quinn has a share portfolio covering 46 companies, including Bank of Ireland Qualifying Investor Fund.

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Irish Independent