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Red light for kids' play centre at the Wright Venue: 5 things to know in property this week
Plus Cork’s Wilton Shopping Centre is on the market for €86m.

KEEPING YOUR EAR to the ground is important in the world of real estate, but staying on top of the newest stories can be tricky. That’s why each week, we round up some of the freshest stories that you may have missed.

From play centre plans for nightclubs to new housing block announcements, here are some of the hot property stories that got chins wagging this week.

1. Red light for kids’ play centre at the Wright Venue Swords

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Michael Wright’s plans to turn part of the Wright Venue into a play centre have been shelved for planning reasons. The Swords superclub is located in Airside Retail Park, which also contains some large retail units, a hotel and medical clinic.

Fingal council has said that changing the use of one floor of the building into a play centre for children would need to go through the full planning application process.

2. Cork’s Wilton Shopping Centre is on the market for €86m

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One of Cork city’s largest shopping centres has been placed on the market with a guide price of €86 million.

Built in 1979, Wilton Shopping Centre is currently owned by US hedge fund York Capital Management.

3. New €100m library for Dublin’s Parnell Square

PARNELL SQUARE Gráinne Ní Aodha Plans for the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. Also pictured is the Garden of Remembrance. Gráinne Ní Aodha

Plans for the new library complex in the capital, which is estimated to cost €100 million, have been submitted to An Bórd Pleanála for approval.

The plans include the refurbishment of eight Georgian houses in Dublin 1 on the site where Coláiste Mhuire was formerly situated. Over half (55%) of the project will be funded by philanthropy, and a maximum of 45% will come from Dublin City Council.

4. All-clear for one of Ireland’s biggest apartment developments

johnny Dublin City Council A view of the proposed development Dublin City Council

Plans submitted by the high-profile developer Johnny Ronan to build one of Dublin city’s biggest apartment developments have been given the the all-clear.

Ronan already had permission to build 165 apartments on the docklands, but sought to revise these plans to get the approval to construct even more.

5. More 30km/h zones planned for Dublin city centre

30 KM Dublin City Council The proposed expansion of the zones in yellow Dublin City Council

More 30km/h zones could be introduced to the city centre, following the publication of a report that has suggested extending the speed limit.

After the public “strongly” backed the move during a consultation process, city councillors look set to vote on expanding 30km/h zones to 31 more areas across the city,

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