This is the sort of blogpost which demonstrates the superiority of online reporting over the traditional print or broadcast medium. Here is the spreadsheet showing every single lease payment by the State in 2011 showing the location, the building, the landlord, the amount paid and the Government department or agency making the payment. The total comes to €103m. The Sunday Business Post did its best last month to report the information but because of the size of the data –covering 523 individual buildings – a flat newspaper report just can’t do the data total justice.
You can see all the data here.
First up, the payments by location, alphabetically sorted.
Next, the rent payments sorted by recipient landlord, sorted alphabetically.
Next, the Top 31 landlords whose rent receipts were in excess of €1m, ranked according to rent received, they make up 65% of the total rent bill.
And finally, the Top 36 individual payments over €1m which account for 57% of the total.
Sorting by Government department is more difficult because certain sites are used by more than one department. But at least you can dig through the data if you wish.
To give the data a little context, nearly 75% of the spend is in Dublin 1/2/7/8 and junior minister Brian Hayes has recently signaled a policy to move out from central Dublin to cheaper suburban areas.
There are four individuals or couples or groups of individuals who are getting more than €1m per annum – Liam Carroll and his wife Roisin (€2.4m), Lochlann Quinn (€1.7m) and Helen and James Cormican (€1m) and Frank, Myles and Jason O’Malley (€1m).