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Going, going... gone. Charles Haughey's former home sells for €5.5 million

Abbeville, the Georgian mansion belonging to the former Taoiseach, had been on the market for 18 months after the company that owned it went into receivership.

Charlie Haughey outside the mansion in 1995
Charlie Haughey outside the mansion in 1995
Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THE HOME OF former Taoiseach Charles Haughey has sold for more than €5 million.

The Georgian mansion, located near Kinsealy in north county Dublin, had been put on the market for €7.5 million a year and a half ago.

Abbeville is located on 247 acres of park and woodland, has 14 bedrooms, four floors, and a ballroom.

RTÉ News reports that it sold for around €5.5 million. The new owner is reported to be a businessman from Japan.

Abbeville, which dates back to the mid-1700s and was designed by James Gandon, was bought by Charles Haughey in 1969 when he was the Minister of Finance. It was sold in 2003 to Manor Park Homes for more than €45 million in 2003, three years before his death.

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The company had intended to develop the grounds into a hotel and golf course but went into receivership before it could start any development.

Savills apologised last year after it wrongly said that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had been hosted at the mansion in its promotional brochure advertising the property.

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(Images: Savills)

In picture: Haughey’s former mansion at Abbeville on sale for €7.5 million >

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