Opinion Analysis

Sunday 17 December 2017

Philip Ryan: King Reilly's rural refuge may be at risk

But the Minister for Health has a choice of other properties in which to seek haven, writes Philip Ryan

AS PRESSURE mounts this weekend on Health Minister James Reilly, it is likely that the doctor will retreat to his sprawling Georgian mansion in the depths of Offaly.

The embattled politician often seeks refuge in Loughton House -- a three-storey, 13- bedroom stately home on the outskirts of Barack Obama's ancestral home, Moneygall --after a week battling Opposition TDs in the Dail chamber.

When the Irish Times property section advertised the estate in 2000, it declared the home a £2.75m 'Country Estate Fit for a King'.

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