From top: Johnny Ronan, of Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE), and Paddy Campbell, of Bewley’s before a window by the artist Jim Fitzpatrick among a number of panels in the Grafton Street café said to be worth about €2m.
“The works of art are decorative and ornamental, are not part of the building and did not form part of Bewley’s original sale of the premises to Royal Insurance in 1987. The artworks have always remained in the ownership of Bewley’s, and have been protected, maintained and insured by Bewley’s, consistent with such ownership.”
Statement from Bewley’s.
“It is not in Bewley’s gift to transfer ownership either between its group companies, as it has purported to do, or to transfer ownership to the state as Paddy Campbell has so generously indicated are his wishes.”
Statement from Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE).
Trouble brewing: Johnny Ronan’s firm claims it owns Bewley’s stained-glass windows (Independent.ie)
Property developer Johnny Ronan in Capetown, South Africa
Following on from the circulation of a video of property developer Johnny Ronan in Capetown, South Africa…
Tom Lyons, in The Currency, reports:
Johnny Ronan, one of Ireland’s most successful property developers, has apologised after a video went viral in recent days showing him joking with friends three months ago about Covid-19.
The video spread unexpectedly on Whatsapp this week before leaking onto other social media. At the time it was made by double Olympic cyclist Philip Cassidy on February 29, it had been shared only to a small group of friends before somehow it spread more widely.
Cassidy is a friend of Ronan, who is also a keen cyclist, and they were on a cycling trip together in February in Cape Town, South Africa prior to Covid-19 reaching Ireland.
“I’m sorry”: Apology as 3-month old video of developer Ronan joking about Covid-19 goes viral (The Currency)
Yesterday: We’re Back Baby
Capetown, South Africa
Sun-grizzled property developer Johnny Ronan self isolates.
What a complete and utter character.
Grand Canal Street, Dublin 2.
Ron O’Loughlin tweetz:
We must be definitely back #treasurybuilding #johnnyronan #celtictiger #werebackbaby #maybach #mercedes
class wario writes:
It’s bad enough that Johnny Ronan & co want an endless landscape of self-enriching skyscrapers without having the nerve to put up signage that looks like it’s been back and forth through Google translate about 4 times
Pic via Colonel James Kelleher
Full page ad for Johnny Ronan’s The Ronan Group on page three in today’s The Irish Times
Previously: A Mug’s Eyeful
An open letter on page seven in today’s Irish Times.
Class wario writes:
Not at all hubristic advertising/lobbying in the Indo today…
Previously: Ronan disputes council view of height rules for Salesforce Tower
Property developer Johnny Ronan (above) and his closing evidence to the banking inquiry in which Nama represents the Nazis and the author symbolises the persecution and destruction of 6 million Jewish people.
Arbeit macht frei?