Back chat: Johnny's Easter Rising and the Nama 'winners'
Johnny Ronan's exit from Nama made headlines - and it's easy to see why. The flamboyant property developer was one of the biggest noises amid the cacophonous hustle and hype of the Celtic Tiger. His jet-setting lifestyle ensured he was a prominent fixture in the gossip columns and business pages.
Treasury Holdings, which Ronan founded and ran with Richard Barrett, built some of the capital's best-known buildings, including the Convention Centre, the Central Park business park, and Connaught House. Its Treasury Building on Grand Canal Street houses the NTMA and, ironically, Nama.
Ronan's financial woes were as high-profile as his successes. Treasury Holdings ultimately went into liquidation with debts of over €1bn to Nama alone. Protracted legal battles followed.