Monday 22 October 2018

?2.5m Long serving TD left ?3.5m estate

Wicklow's longest serving elected representative died leaving an estate which has been valued at more than ?3.5 million.

But while the valuation has prompted some national media speculation about the value of the former TD and Baltinglass councillor's estate, it has emerged that approximately ?2.5 million of that sum comes from the valuation of a parcel of land which the late Deputy Timmins' own father bought almost 75 years ago, in 1929.

The 28 acre site at Bawnogues on the outskirts of Baltinglass was valued by the Probate Office at in the region of ?2.75 million.

The land is one of several holdings which were owned by the late Deputy in and around Baltinglass - an area which he served as a public representative for more than 50 years, until his retirement in the late 1990s.

Elsewhere in the locality Godfrey Timmins' own home and the former pub and grounds on which it stood was valued for the purposes of his estate at close to a half million euro, while sites at Srughan, Baltinglass, on which two of his sons have built houses were valued at ?150,000. The family home at Weaver Square has been in the ownership of the Timmins family since the mid 1800s.

The long-serving public representative, who died in the spring of 2001, served Wicklow as a Fine Gael representative on Wicklow Co Council for almost half a century, and was a Dail Deputy for the constituency for more than half that time.

His will also records ownership of houses at North Circular Road and at Aughrim Place in Dublin, together with a 4.5 acre site at Baltinglass East.

The late TD's son Deputy Billy Timmins would not comment on the matter, other than to say that the issue of his father's estate was 'a private famly matter'.