Friday 24 November 2017

Minister's mansion on sale for €2.75m

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly
Loughton House in Moneygall is owned by Children’s Minister James Reilly
Loughton House, Moneygall
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Children's Minister James Reilly has put his mansion on the market for €2.75m.

The house, in Barack Obama's ancestral village of Moneygall, Co Offaly, has 13 bedrooms and 157 acres.

It has previously landed the minister in trouble with the Opposition, who complained he was claiming tax breaks from the Revenue Commissioners available to the owners of buildings considered of historical or archaeological importance.

Dr Reilly told the Irish Independent that his children had grown up and he now wanted to downsize.

The property is available in its entirety or in two lots: the house with 87 acres and a separate lot of 70 acres. It has two gate lodges and a staff wing and has been extensively restored over the years. Dr Reilly has previously defended availing of rebates under the Taxes Consolidation Act, which he was entitled to claim on the repairs and upkeep of his mansion, which has been recognised as of historical significance.

To qualify, Dr Reilly and his wife also opened the home to the public. The cost of admission was between €3 and €5, but came with the promise of tea and a chat.

Irish Independent

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