Howlin is eighth richest TD in Dáil Éireann according to Irish Independent list.
PERHAPS somewhat unsurprisingly, given his long tenure in Dáil Éireann, Labour TD Brendan Howlin was the highest ranking Wexford TD on the Irish Independent’s 2021 “Political Rich List”.
According to the list, which looks at declared assets, pensions, business interests and shares, Deputy Howlin’s total worth stands at €3,449,066. Of this €2,689,066 relates to the veteran TD and former Labour Party leader’s pensions, while €760,000 relates to property and land. This puts Deputy Howlin as the eighth wealthiest TD in the Dáil according to the list.
Wexford’s next highest political earner was Fine Gael TD and former Junior Minister Paul Kehoe whose reported worth is €2,117,253. Of this, €1,089,753 relates to the Enniscorthy TD's pensions, with €1,027,500 accounted for by property and land.
There was quite a gap from Wexford's two longest serving TDs to the rest of the pack, with Fianna Fáil TD and current Minister of State at the Department of Justice James Browne coming next, with his total worth being put at €573,034. Of this, €368,034 related to his pension, while €205,000 was property and land.
In her first stint in the Dáil, Independent TD Verona Murphy’s worth was put at €350,008 by the Irish Independent list, with €51,008 arising from pension and €299,000 in property and land.
Finally, fellow first-time TD, Sinn Féin’s Johnny Mythen’s total worth was put at €224,763, with a pension of €59,763 and €165,000 in property and land.
In total, the Irish Independent’s Political Rich List established there are 68 millionaires in the Dáil based on a detailed examination of the value of their properties, land, businesses, shareholdings and pensions.