U2’s Bono lobbied government on housing, database shows

U2 frontman Bono lobbied the government in recent weeks to establish a “broad-based, special housing policy task force,” according to public records filed on Friday.

Under his given name, Paul Hewson, an entry was created in the State’s lobbying database for the period covering January 1st to April 30th this year. It shows he had a phone call with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at some point in that period.

A description of the lobbying activity states it was “facilitating discussion of the housing crisis in Ireland and the potential establishment of a broad-based, special housing policy task force”.

Mr Hewson, who has in the past faced criticism for how U2 organise their tax affairs in the Netherlands, has been active in Ireland’s efforts to secure personal protective equipment and other material needed in the fight against Covid-19. He made calls to Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, Apple chief executive Tim Cook, Mark Benioff of US software company Salesforce, and Walmart chief executive Doug McMillon.

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