A rental property owned by Sinn Féin TD Johnny Guirke was not registered with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB), according to a story in today’s Irish Independent.
The Moylagh man, a TD for Meath West, has four rental properties across the country – two in Co Longford, a house in Co Meath and a property in Co Galway.
A search of the RTB’s database of registered tenancies this week showed that while the two houses in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, and the house in Oldcastle, Co Meath, are listed, his house in Cois na hAbhainn in Galway was not.
When contacted for comment, by the Independent, Mr Guirke said this property was managed by a letting agency that had taken on responsibility for registration with the RTB.
“This property was initially registered. However, it has come to my attention that this registration lapsed due to an error on behalf of the letting agent,” the Meath TD said.
“As soon as I became aware of this, I immediately rectified this and the property is registered again with the RTB.
“I take my responsibilities very seriously and regret that this error occurred.”
It comes after Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy, who stepped down as junior minister on Wednesday after coming under intense scrutiny for not including several properties in his Oireachtas declaration of interests, also failed to register one of his rental properties with the RTB.
MeathLive has requested the name of the letting agent from Deputy Guirke.