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Eight landlord TDs & Senators are receiving payments from State backed schemes or local councils for rental properties

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Eight landlord TDs & Senators are receiving payments from State backed schemes or local councils for rental properties

  • 8:00, 28 Aug 2022

AT LEAST EIGHT landlord TDs and Senators are receiving payments from State backed schemes or local councils for their rental properties, the Irish Sun can reveal.

And the Dail’s biggest landlord Micheal Healy-Rae has refused to reveal whether he is receiving any payments from State backed schemes for any of the 18 properties that he rents out.

At least eight landlord TDs and Senators are receiving payments from State backed schemes or local councils for their rental properties
At least eight landlord TDs and Senators are receiving payments from State backed schemes or local councils for their rental propertiesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Robert Troy resigned from his role as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Robert Troy resigned from his role as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and EmploymentCredit: Alamy
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly he has received payment under the HAP scheme for a property that he has rented out
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly he has received payment under the HAP scheme for a property that he has rented outCredit: PA

It comes as the number of people registered as homeless in Ireland reached an all-time high this week with 10,568 people living in emergency accommodation.

Earlier this week, landlord Minister Robert Troy resigned following a scandal surrounding his failure to properly declare all of his 11 properties on the Dail’s Register of Members’ Interests.

The Fianna Fail TD was also in receipt of payments from the Rental Assistance Scheme for two of his properties and the Housing Assistance Payment scheme for five of his tenants.

This controversy led to questions about whether politicians should be forced to declare whether they are in receipt of payments from the State with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien announcing“ that changes could be looked at” regarding this issue.

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Today, the Irish Sun can reveal that seven other landlord TDs and Senators are in receipt of payments from State schemes for their properties including five more Fianna Fail politicians.

We contacted 40 TDs and Senators who had declared on the Dail’s register that they have a residential rental property and we asked if they were in receipt of State payments such as HAP or RAS.

Seven TDs and Senators responded that they were receiving State backed payments for their properties, 18 said they did not receive HAP or RAS for their properties and 14 did not respond at all.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly told the Irish Sun that he has received payment under the HAP scheme for a property that he has rented out.

Four of Minister Donnelly’s Fianna Fail colleagues also told the Irish Sun they were receiving payments under the State backed schemes for their properties including Ceann Comhairle Sean O’Fearghail and Cathaoirleach of the Seanad Mark Daly.

Deputy Micheal Moynihan said he was a part owner of a property in Cork which is rented through the HAP scheme for €660 a month.

Fianna Fail Senator Robbie Gallagher has a share in six properties one of which is leased through the Rent Accommodation Scheme – which he has declared on the Seanad Register of Member’s interests.

Independent TD Sean Canney has four properties on the Dail register which are leased out and he told the Irish Sun that he receives HAP payments for one of his tenants.

Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway told the Irish Sun that while he doesn’t receive payments from HAP or RAS, he has agreed a long term lease deal with a local council for his two properties.

The Dail’s biggest landlord Micheal Healy-Rae refused to tell us whether he was in receipt of payments from any State back schemes for any of his 18 properties registered as rentals.

TDs that did not respond the Irish Sun’s queries include Sinn Fein’s Johnny Guirke, Fine Gael’s Paul Kehoe, Fianna Fail’s Sean Haughey and Independents Carol Nolan and Noel Grealish.

Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail is one of five Fianna Fail members to tell us they are receiving payments under the State backed schemes for their properties
Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail is one of five Fianna Fail members to tell us they are receiving payments under the State backed schemes for their propertiesCredit: PA:Press Association
Michael Healy-Rae refused to say whether he was in receipt of payments from any State back schemes
Michael Healy-Rae refused to say whether he was in receipt of payments from any State back scheme

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