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Matt Cooper: Johnny Ronan’s soaring ambitions still rising despite firm’s restructuring

The developer is planning to build Dublin’s tallest building and a deep-water port in Meath, even as he ‘invites’ Bank of Ireland to appoint a receiver to manage some of his firm’s assets

Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE) has ‘invited’ Bank of Ireland and AIB to appoint a receiver to manage property assets it owns, ‘after careful consideration’. Picture: Tony Gavin

Two years ago, Johnny Ronan fell off his bicycle and broke his pelvis. The normally hyperactive property developer sat through his recovery as best he could – impatient as he was to get going again – but eventually he got back on his bike.

It might be an apt metaphor for the Ronan career in property development: he falls down and he gets up again. Despite everything, he remains – and is set to remain ...