Monday 27 February 2017

Back in the spotlight - not that he ever really left in first place

Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

Ronan's prize projects: Treasury Building, Dublin
Ronan's prize projects: Treasury Building, Dublin
Ronan's prize projects: Battersea Power Station
Ronan's prize projects: Connaught House, Dublin
Ronan's prize projects: Central Park, Leopardstown

Johnny Ronan has become the highest profile developer to exit Nama in recent months, and brings him firmly back into a spotlight that he never really left in the first place.

Mr Ronan was one of the faces of the boom, and alongside Richard Barrett, his Treasury Holdings firm became renowned in Irish business. It built some of the best known properties in the country, including the likes of the Convention Centre, the Central Park business Park in Leopardstown, and Connaught House on Burlington Road. Its Treasury Building on Grand Canal Street houses the NTMA and Nama, while previous tenants included investment bank Merrill Lynch.

Mr Ronan's luxury Maybach saloon - often seen parked up outside the Treasury Building - became something of a symbol of the Celtic Tiger, but when the crash came, things went wrong in a big way.

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