Taoiseach's residence

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There is no official residence of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland)). In the 1970s, plans were made to turn the former Apostolic Nunciature (formerly the Under Secretary's Lodge) in the Phoenix Park into an official residence. However, the plans fell through and the Georgian building was subsequently demolished.[1]

In 2006 it was announced by the Office of Public Works that the Steward's Lodge (a house located on the Farmleigh Estate) had been renovated, at a cost of nearly €600,000. It was speculated that the house would become the official private residence of the Taoiseach after the 2007 general election and any official engagements will be carried out in the nearby Farmleigh or Government Buildings.[2]

There was political sensitivity at Government level about the project, with some concerned that it could be depicted as a lavish "perk" for the Taoiseach. In 2005, a spokeswoman for the then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern stated he had no interest in using it, and he remained resident in his private home in Drumcondra in Dublin.[2] In 2008, it was reported that the new Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, might use it as his official residence.[3] Media reports suggest that Garda concerns for the Taoiseach's security precluded him from continuing to reside in his own Dublin home in the city centre.[3] Taoiseach Brian Cowen does not live there but uses it "from time to time".[4][5]

References

Áras an Uachtaráin · Central Bank of Ireland · Chapel Royal · Chichester House · Chief Secretary's Lodge · Collins Barracks · Custom House · Dublin Castle · Farmleigh · Four Courts · General Post Office (GPO) · Government Buildings · Green Street Court House · Old Parliament House · Leinster House · Little Ratra · Steward's Lodge · Under Secretary's Lodge

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