Friday 19 July 2019

Fianna Fail put Bertie Ahern's former stronghold St Luke's up for sale for €595k

Bertie with his former wife Miriam Ahern at St. Luke's in 2010 before the announcement that he would not be running in the next general election.
Bertie with his former wife Miriam Ahern at St. Luke's in 2010 before the announcement that he would not be running in the next general election.
Mirror, mirror: Bertie Ahern, photographed in 2008 in his constituency office St Luke’s, Drumcondra. Photo: David Conachy
St Luke’s in Drumcondra which doubled as Bertie Ahern's living quarters for most of his tenure as Taoiseach. Picture: DAVID CONACHY
St Luke’s in Drumcondra which doubled as Bertie Ahern's living quarters for most of his tenure as Taoiseach.
St Lukes is for sale (Photo: Lisney)
St Lukes has an overall area of 178sqm (Photo: Lisney)
St Lukes has an overall area of 178sqm (Photo: Lisney)
St Lukes has an overall area of 178sqm (Photo: Lisney)
St Lukes' reception rooms (Photo: Lisney)
St Lueks entrance hall (Photo: Lisney)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Bertie Ahern’s former stronghold St Luke’s has been put up for sale by Fianna Fail with an asking price of €595,000.

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.

In a statement tonight, Fianna Fail said:  "We can confirm that following a review of the party's assets across the country, the trustees of Fianna Fáil have decided to sell this property. 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, sets a price of €595,000 and says the premises is a “prominent detached property” and “suitable for a variety of uses”.

St Lukes is for sale (Photo: Lisney)
St Lukes is for sale (Photo: Lisney)

The ad states: "St Luke’s is a high profile detached property on Lower Drumcondra Road, close to its junction with Botanic Avenue and only 2.5 km north of Dublin city centre. It is adjacent to the various village centre amenities of Drumcondra and the Botanic Gardens, the Mater Hospital, the Bons Secours Hospital and St Patrick’s College are close by.

“Public transport in the area is excellent with various bus routes operating along the Lower Drumcondra Road and Drumcondra train station is just 1km away. Dublin Airport is within a 20 minute drive.”

St Lueks entrance hall (Photo: Lisney)
St Lueks entrance hall (Photo: Lisney)

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.

St Lukes' reception rooms (Photo: Lisney)
St Lukes' reception rooms (Photo: Lisney)

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.

St Lukes has an overall area of 178sqm (Photo: Lisney)
St Lukes has an overall area of 178sqm (Photo: Lisney)

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