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Sunday 11 December 2016

Take a peek inside Minister Reilly's home as he puts 13-bed, 157-acre mansion on market for €2.75m

Loughton House Moneygall home of Minister James Reilly and his Wife Dorothy and Family it is up for Sale.
Loughton House Moneygall home of Minister James Reilly and his Wife Dorothy and Family it is up for Sale.
James Reilly
Loughton House Moneygall home of Minister James Reilly and his Wife Dorothy and Family it is up for Sale.
Loughton House Moneygall home of Minister James Reilly and his Wife Dorothy and Family it is up for Sale.
Loughton House Moneygall home of Minister James Reilly and his Wife Dorothy and Family it is up for Sale.
Loughton House Moneygall home of Minister James Reilly and his Wife Dorothy and Family it is up for Sale.
Loughton House Moneygall home of Minister James Reilly and his Wife Dorothy and Family it is up for Sale.
Loughton House Moneygall home of Minister James Reilly and his Wife Dorothy and Family it is up for Sale.
Loughton House Moneygall home of Minister James Reilly and his Wife Dorothy and Family it is up for Sale.

A LUXURY mansion belonging to Children's Minister James Reilly is up for sale for around €2.75m.

The property, in Barack Obama's ancestral village of Moneygall, Co Offaly, sits on 157 acres of land and consist of 13 bedrooms.

James Reilly and his wife previously hired out their stately home for weddings and christenings while also receiving tax breaks for maintaining it.

Dr Reilly purchased Laughton House in 2002, and said as his children were growing up, he had decided to downsize.

"Together with my wife and children we have had the privilege of being the custodians of this wonderful house and lands for the last 13 years.

"It is imbued with a rich sense of history and one is always conscious of that fact. Artefacts from the early 1800s remain in the house to this day," Dr Reilly said.

"We took great joy and pride in doing a considerable amount of work on the house and in the gardens, restoring aspects of the property to its original condition," he added.

The property is available in its entirety or in two lots; the house with 87 acres and a separate lot of 70 acres.

It has two gate lodges and a staff wing and has been extensively restored.

Dr Reilly previously defended availing of rebates under the Taxes Consolidation Act, which he was entitled to claim on the repairs and upkeep of his mansion, which has been recognised as of historical significance.

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