The government rejected suggestions that ministers should be asked for new assurances that all their property interests and declarations are in order.
It comes after Fine Gael TD Damien English became the second junior minister to resign in less than six months over ownership concerns.
Both Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Micheál Martin said on Thursday that Mr English had made the right decision to step down as a minister. They also said they did not believe the Meath West TD should also resign his Dáil seat.
Mr English announced his resignation as Minister of State for Business on Thursday morning after it emerged he had given incorrect information to Meath County Council when submitting a planning application to build a house in a rural area.
“It was wrong, not up to the required standard and I apologize for that,” he said.
Non-declaration of ownership
His departure followed a report on the Ditch website which revealed he had failed to declare he already owned a house on a form submitted as part of a 2008 planning application.
People who want to build houses in rural areas must meet a number of criteria that demonstrate a connection to the location and a need for housing, including indicating whether or not they already own a home.
The ditch also suggested that Mr English should have declared the property in Castlemartin, Co Meath, on the Register of Dáil Members’ Interests for more than a decade.
People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy has lodged a complaint with the Standards Commission for Public Service (Sipo), asking it to investigate.
Mr Murphy told The Irish Times that he believed Mr English had breached ethics legislation by failing to declare a property in Castlemartin, Co Meath, on the Dáil members’ register of interests. “I hope Sipo can meet quickly and start an investigation into these violations.”
Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy resigned as a junior minister at the Department for Business last August after failing to fully declare his financial interests.
Aontú TD Peadar Tóibín said the departure of two ministers in such circumstances “damages” good governance and it was “logical” that all ministerial interests would now be audited.
Government spokesmen referred to statements made by Varadar and Martin at press conferences in Northern Ireland on Thursday when asked if the coalition wanted assurances from all ministers that their ownership interests were in order. Neither Varadkar nor Martin gave any indication of holding such an exercise.
Mr Varadkar said no party or government had access to people’s personal data, but his party required its candidates to sign a pledge making certain commitments.
Mr Martin said politicians had responsibilities when it came to declarations. When asked if all government TDs and senators should follow their own interests to ensure their turn, he said: “Politicians do that all the time.”
The new Minister of State to replace Mr English is likely to be announced at a Cabinet meeting next Tuesday.
Dublin Rathdown TD Neale Richmond is considered favorite for promotion. He is one of a handful of Fine Gael TDs said to be running for the vacant seat, including Alan Dillon from Mayo and Joe Carey from Clare.