Labour seeks €400,000 for historic Naas office
THE Labour Party is selling its Naas constituency offices, known as St Anne's, Poplar Square, Naas, Co Kildare, and its asking price is €400,000.
Extending to just over 3,000 sq ft over three floors, the property currently generates a rental income of €8,000 a year from two tenants on the ground floor.
Estate agent John O'Reilly of Sherry FitzGerald O'Reilly says that it could generate an even higher rental income as its upstairs is vacant and it is located in the best commercial area of Naas town centre.
Local TD Emmett Stagg also operates his clinic from the ground floor.
Former Labour Party leader William Norton, a local TD and Tanaiste in two coalition governments, had leased the property and subsequently transferred the lease to the Kildare Constituency Council.
Then in 2004 the party bought out the lease at a total cost of about €165,000.
However a spokesperson explains that the rental income is not covering costs and as the party cannot afford to invest in improving the premises, it has been advised that it would be best to sell it.
Originally the Globe Hotel, it was built in 1830 by a Miss Green, and in 1842 the English writer William Makepeace Thackeray stayed there and was very pleased with the cuisine.
He referred to the high castellated wall and the Inn Yard haystack in 'The Irish Sketchbook'.
When the Quarter Court Sessions were held in Naas, the judge stayed at the Globe and drove by coach and postillion to the court dressed in robes and wig escorted by a troop of Lancers.
The Dublin/Cork stagecoach stopped there and when it was approaching Naas the coachman would sound a horn to signal its arrival.
Years later when under the ownership of an Anne McEvoy its name was changed to St Anne's, but it has also been known as Norton House and Labour Hall.
Meanwhile Kildare County Council is asking €600,000 for a two-acre site in the square in the town of Kilcock, Co Kildare. The council is hoping to attract a developer who would undertake a sustainable development.
John O'Reilly of Sherry Fitzgerald O'Reilly says that it could appeal for use by a new supermarket.
Two major developers, Sean Dunne and McGarrell O'Reilly, had submitted plans for major mixed-use developments but these have not taken place.
Sherry FitzGerald Reilly, Clane, are joint agents for the Kilcock site