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Billionaire businessman considered a bid for Central Bank site

11th December, 2016
Richard Branson had his eye on the Central Bank on Dame Street in Dublin Picture: Bloomberg

When the Central Bank on Dame Street was put on the market earlier this year, there were no end of suggestions for the iconic building. It should be a start-up hub, some argued. It should remain in state ownership, others said.

In the end, the bottom line won out. It was sold to US investment giant Hines for €65 million.

But the list of potential buyers for the Central Bank tells its own tale, of...

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