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September 11, 2008

Landlord takes on developer

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Former restaurateur and property investor Peter White has called on An Bord Pleanala to reject what he described as a “monstrous development” sought by Sean Dunne for the former Jurys and Berkeley Court hotels site in Ballsbridge. The call came yesterday, on day 2 of the oral hearing of 127 objections to Dunne’s plans to build a 37-storey tower on the seven-acre site he bought for 380 million three years ago. Taking the floor, White said Ballsbridge was a “unique and rare jewel” and not a ‘mini-Manhattan or Dubai’. He told the hearing that he was a very experienced investor who had once been the “largest landlord in Ireland” due to the size of his portfolio, and said he had owned several prominent properties, including a house on Raglan Road, which he sold to businessman Denis O’Brien a number of years ago.

The Irish Times