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Disused quarter of Dundrum set for revamp: 5 things to know in property this week

Plus Glanbia has some major plans for Laois.

THERE’S NO DOUBT that the internet is becoming noisier by the day. So loud that we all know it can be difficult to separate the wood from the trees when it comes to news that’s essential to know.

That’s why we round up five major stories that made headlines over the last week. From new developments to store closures, here are the updates that could be affecting your house-hunt, right now.

1. Dundrum Town Centre ups its value prop

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Dundrum Town Centre has been given the green light for a new food hall, restaurant and revamped outdoor space. The development will include fine food company Fallon & Byrne’s latest outlet, which will set up shop in the currently disused space of Pembroke Square.Five vacant two-storey buildings on Ashgrove Terrace, Dundrum’s main street, will also be refurbished as part of the major development.

2.  Discount retailer loses battle over unauthorised outlet

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Discount store chain, Dealz could potentially have to close its Wexford store  after losing a planning battle over the unauthorised outlet.

Last year, Poundland Limited applied for permission to retain the use of a warehouse in Clonard Retail Park in Wexford, where it has operated a Dealz store since August 2015, even though planning guidelines  state that only businesses involved in the sale of “bulky goods” can trade from the retail park unit.

3. Laois could see a whole lot of cheese by 2020

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Glanbia plans to pump €130 million into a new mozzarella facility in Co Laois. Subject to planning permission, the plant will be located in Togher National Industrial Estate in Portlaoise and construction is expected to begin later this year, with cheese production starting by 2020.The new facility will be able to produce 45,000 tonnes of mozzarella per year and the Kilkenny food giant plans to hire 78 full-time staff at the plant.

4. Trinity’s plans for giant new business hub revealed

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Plans for a major new development on Grand Canal Dock took inspiration from Dublin’s IFSC, Fora has reported. This week, Trinity College Dublin and the government revealed plans for an Innovation District on a 5.5-acre plot in the docklands.

It will include a €1 billion new campus that aims to connect the various parts of the Grand Canal area, already home to some of the world’s top tech companies.

5. Hotel chain set to rock Dublin’s city centre by 2020

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Lord Edward Street in Dublin’s city centre will soon be home to the newest hotel in the capital.  Hard Rock International are working with hotel operators Tifco Ltd and plan to open in 2020.

The hotel will take over two structures: an existing listed property known as the Exchange Buildings and the adjacent Fashion House Building.

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