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Ronan Group accuses council officials of 'bias and malice'

Chief executive complains to minister over 'entirely improper' attitude towards developer's projects

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DEVELOPER: Johnny Ronan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

DEVELOPER: Johnny Ronan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

DEVELOPER: Johnny Ronan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

One of Ireland's biggest property development companies has made "serious allegations" against senior officials in Dublin City Council of what it calls "deep and ingrained personal bias and malice" against property developer Johnny Ronan.

In a letter delivered to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O'Brien late last week, Rory Williams, the chief executive of Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE), also claims "one arm of the planning system is seeking to undermine the application of Government policy by another arm of the planning system".

"We have first-hand evidence of DCC officials admitting their bias where one commented, when asked whether there would be tall buildings in Dublin Docklands: 'Oh there will be, just not Johnny Ronan buildings'," says Williams, in a letter to the minister seen by the Sunday Independent. The letter also gives details of a planning meeting in January 2019 regarding its Spencer Place apartment development when a senior planning official said Ronan would not be granted the height and density permission, which "clearly predetermined" the outcome of pending planning applications "and betrayed entirely improper motives".