Mary Coughlan among those who received 5,000 euro tax break

Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has been named among eleven former government ministers who claimed almost 51 thousand euro in tax breaks for keeping second homes in Dublin.

The ministers were entitled to claim tax relief on second homes in the capital, or on hotels or rented apartments, if they didn't have a second property

The perk enabled ministers  to cut their tax bills by an average of €4,545.

The number of ministers and junior ministers who claimed the dual abode allowance has dropped since the controversial scheme first came to public attention in recent years.