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Westport set to be Ireland's first plastic straw-free town: 5 things to know in property right now

Plus Monaghan’s ‘work ethic’ earns the county 100 new construction jobs.

THE WORLD OF property moves quickly, and so it can be hard to keep up. But never fear: each week, we put together a five-minute digest of the week’s biggest stories, from government policy updates to new builds.

This week, Westport’s plan to be Ireland’s first plastic straw-free town is about to kick off, and there’s a €110m price tag on one of Dublin’s last remaining docklands sites.

1. Westport wants to be Ireland’s first plastic straw-free town

plastic-straws Source: Shutterstock/Ink Drop

Westport, Co Mayo, wants to become the first town in Ireland to eradicate plastic straws. The initiative by Westport Tidy Towns committee is part of its entry into the 2018 national competition.

The Mayo town has received a commitment from all vintners in Westport that they will only use biodegradable straws from 1 June.

2. Monaghan’s ‘work ethic’ earns the country 100 new jobs

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Irish construction firm Entekra has plans to create 100 new jobs in Monaghan following a €46 million round of funding.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland, McCaughey said that he was expanding the Monaghan operation out of pride in his home county. “[T]he best work ethic I’ve ever come across is in the people in Monaghan,” he said.

3. Councillor warns against de-listing Dublin’s protected buildings

original (3) Oliver Bond House Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

The proposal to de-list and demolish some of Dublin city’s listed public housing complexes could result in protests, Green Party Councillor  Green Party Ciaran Cuffe has warned.

Chancery Park, Pearse House and Oliver Bond House were all built at a time when Dublin Corporation (now Dublin City Council) was trying to move people living in terrible conditions in slums to proper accommodation. Now they face demolition, a move which Cllr Cuffe calls “insulting and inappropriate”.

4. Snap up one of the last Dublin docklands sites for €110m

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One of the few remaining development sites available on Dublin’s docklands is set to hit the market with a €110 million price tag.

The site, off Dublin’s north quays, has been divided into three lots – a residential block, a commercial block, and the 5.91 acre site in its entirety. It’s on sale with Savills, together with property advisers Cushman and Wakefield.

5. Children’s hospital group knew of US legal action threat

original (2) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of the name Phoenix Children's Health on 23 October 2017 Source: RollingNews.ie

The name Phoenix Children’s Health was last month officially abandoned for Ireland’s new children’s hospital after a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona with the same name threatened to proceed with a legal action.

New records released to TheJournal.ie under freedom of information (FOI) suggest that initial contact between the American hospital and the CHG had taken place at least three weeks prior to the launch of the new name last October.

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