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Johnny stole the limelight – but his Bartra buddy’s legacy may leave a far deeper imprint

Caroline O'Doherty


Richard Barrett has a finger in every property pie, writes Caroline O’Doherty

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Johnny Ronan pictured with former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Richard Barrett from Treasury Holdings before the official opening of the Convention Centre Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Johnny Ronan pictured with former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Richard Barrett from Treasury Holdings before the official opening of the Convention Centre Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

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Johnny Ronan pictured with former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Richard Barrett from Treasury Holdings before the official opening of the Convention Centre Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Johnny Ronan’s high-reaching construction ambitions may grab headlines, but arguably it is his former partner in the one-time ubiquitous Treasury Holdings who may leave a greater imprint on the country’s built environment.

While Ronan went on to battle for skyline dominance in Dublin’s Docklands after post-boom Treasury limped into Nama, co-founder, Richard Barrett, laid a little lower, spread his bets wider and now has a finger in just about every kind of pie in the very hot kitchen that property has become once more.


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