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Bad news for Johnny Ronan's skyscraper: 5 things to know in property this week

Plus An Taoiseach is in hot water over his Doonbeg remarks.

LOVE THE WORLD of property, from new homes on the market to development dramas? Have a spare 5 minutes today? Then sit back and allow us to fill you in on the biggest properties stories to come out of Ireland this week.

Leo’s comments about putting a call in on Trump’s behalf at Doonbeg came under question, and Johnny Ronan’s high-rise plans are dead in the water…

1) Leo’s Doonbeg call never happened, says Clare council

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Leo Varadkar came in for criticism this week after his remarks about Donald Trump’s Doonbeg golf course. An Taoiseach said that the US President called him over concerns about the proposed Doonbeg wind farm, that the then-Minister for Tourism and Sport intervened and “subsequently, the planning permission was declined”.

Opposition parties expressed concern over the comments, with Labour leader Brendan Howlin calling it “entirely inappropriate”. Clare County Council have claimed that the phone call never took place, and have asked for clarity on the issue.

2) No joy for Johnny Ronan’s Tara Street tower

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Ireland’s best-known developer, Johnny Ronan, has seen his plan to build a 22-storey building in Dublin city centre knocked back  this week. He had hoped to build a tower measuring 88m at Tara Street Dart Station – until The National Planning Authority refused permission.

The plan was denied largely due to its “important location within the historic city core” and that the development would detract from the “character of the Custom House”, said An Bord Pleanála.

3) Dublin tops list of cities to live in across UK and Ireland

original Source: Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey

That’s according to a Quality of Life survey by Mercer, with our capital coming in ahead of London, Paris and Madrid. Dublin came in at 34th overall on account of a “stable political environment, lower levels of air pollution and a strong socio-cultural environment.”

The annual survey looks at 39 factors, including sanitation, healthcare and housing. The top 5 cities surveyed were Vienna, Zurich, Auckland, Munich and Vancouver.

4) You can now view your credit report for free

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The Central Credit Register made big changes this week, allowing lenders and borrowers to access credit reports free of charge, provided they have a loan of €500 or more. The move aims to make lending safer, and to allow people to see how loans are performing.

Under the changes, it will be compulsory for credit providers to access the Central Credit Register for loan applications over €2,000. The register was set up as part of the EU/IMF bailout programme.

5) Two locals are stalling €280m project in Waterford

waterford-county-council Source: Waterford City Council

Two Waterford locals are attempting to prevent the development of a new shopping complex along the city’s North Quays, a project backed by a Saudi Arabian conglomerate to the tune of €280 million. The project also involves transport and pedestrian upgrades for the city.

The development is expected to create 3,500 jobs if and when it’s completed. One of the objectors says the plans don’t cater for the people of Waterford enough – and that they will cause “competition with the existing city centre”.

And finally, this week’s property buzzword…

We’re breaking down the complicated world of property jargon, one buzzword at a time. This week, it’s picture window, as seen in this week’s Dream Home. A picture window, as opposed to a bay or fixed window, is a large window consisting of one pane of glass, typically facing an attractive view.

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