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The 'Google Ghetto' may be expanding: 5 things to know in property this week
Plus, Dublin will be extra bright this Christmas.

A LOT CAN happen in seven days, especially in the world of property, meaning it can be easy to miss out on some vital news.

But fear not, our five-minute digest of the biggest stories will keep your finger on the pulse. This week, tech giant, Google, is in expansion mode, and the Tyrrelstown students are back at school.

1. Google has increased its footprint in the capital

Google has acquired two offices with space for a possible 700 more workers.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) was recently notified of the latest deal to acquire South Bank House and the Warehouse on Barrow Street.

It’s not clear if there are any immediate plans to further increase its footprint with the new offices as the current tenant, law firm Mason Hayes & Curran, said it was locked into a long-term lease.

2. Who will snap up Limerick’s former Clarion Suites site?

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Ten parties are interested in buying and developing the Clarion Suites site on the Ennis Road in Limerick.

According to the Limerick Leader, the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has put the site on the market for over €5m. 

3. EU secures funding to roll out free WiFi hotspots to public spaces

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Funding has been secured by the European Union to introduce free WiFi hotspots to public spaces

Local authorities can apply for vouchers worth €15,000 to provide free public WiFi in town centres, parks, libraries and museums.

4. Iconic Dublin buildings and city streets to light up for 30 nights over Christmas

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Twelve sites around Dublin will be lit up and illuminated for 30 nights during December and January, as the council takes a new approach to its Christmas lighting this year. 

The city will be lit up with Christmas lights on city streets and building projections between sunset and 2am each night.

5. Tyrrelstown students return to class, yet parents say building still not suitable

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Some students at St Luke’s National School in Tyrrelstown returned to class this week, even though the building was “still not suitable for the kids to be going into”, according to one parent.

St Lukes National School was closed after structural defects were discovered last month.

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