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Pat Kenny wins planning row with developer: 5 things to know in property this week
Plus, renewed discussions about an ‘airport city’ in the midlands.

EACH AND EVERY week, we put together a round-up of the week’s biggest property news stories around Ireland.

Stay on the real estate pulse with our five-minute digest, featuring the vital news from the week just gone.

This week, there’s the potential for an ‘airport city’ in the midlands, while Tallaght locals are protesting against the building of an apartment block – and Pat Kenny wins his planning battle.

1. Pat Kenny wins planning row with developer


Broadcaster Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy have emerged victorious in their battle against plans for residential development on a site adjacent to their Dalkey home.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council refused planning permission to property firm Bartra Capital for 19 apartments in three blocks, along with five three-bedroomed homes and two semi-detached homes for the 1.4 acre site. The Kennys objected to the scale, height and design, saying the development would have an overbearing visual impact.

2. Clondalkin building site re-opens with increased Garda presence

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The construction of a housing development in Clondalkin, Dublin, is to resume. County council and gardaí presence was boosted in the area to deal with anti-social behaviour directed towards workers on the building site. 

Construction work stopped on homes near St Cuthbert’s Park, Bawnogue, earlier this month following reports of intimidation and vandalism. CCTV cameras have now been installed in the park and are linked directly to the local Garda station. 

3. Tallaght locals protest against apartment block plans

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A group of locals in Tallaght is campaigning against the building of apartments they say will hurt their community park clean-up efforts. The plans are for an area attached to Sean Walsh Park and would see a total of 81 new one or two-bedroom apartments, specially designed for older residents.

This follows a similar situation in Dublin 8, whereby locals in Dublin’s Liberties are gearing up to fight plans by Dublin City Council to turn allotments and a community garden into rapid-build housing.

4. Potential for ‘airport city’ in the midlands

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Once dismissed by Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary as ‘insanity‘, plans to build a giant ‘airport city’ in the middle of Ireland were reignited in recent weeks. Offaly County Council last month lodged a request for €2.5 million in State funding under the ‘Rural Regeneration’ scheme to help finance “initial studies and reports” on the ambitious project.

According to the company behind the project, Midlands Airport Developments Ltd, the plan is to build a “sustainable international airport city” on an 1,800-acre plot of land. The proposed airport development includes a 3.5 km runway. That would be 400m longer than Dublin Airport’s planned north runway, which is slated for completion in early 2021.  In addition to the airport terminal and runway, the idea is to create a commercial campus spread across 800 acres.

 5. Luxury Dublin apartment complex suffers water damage

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A luxury apartment block in the Dublin Docklands, where homes will cost up to €3,000 per month to rent, has suffered water damage following an internal leak, reports

The damage to flooring, ceilings and electrical systems is being assessed by engineers in the 22-storey development, with tenants expected to move in early next year.

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