Bidding to start soon for Bertie's St Luke's
FIVE potential buyers have viewed ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's former HQ St Luke's and three are said to be "keen".
A bidding war could be in the offing for the premises, located at 161 Drumcondra Road in Mr Ahern's north Dublin heartland.
The building is on the market for €595,000.
The 1,900 sq-ft property boasts off-street car parking, and a private garden to the rear, as well as a kitchen area, bathrooms and cloakroom. It is being sold by real estate agents Lisney.
The company's divisional director, Darren Chambers, said the property was an attractive option, even without its salubrious past.
"After the first 24 hours of excitement, it very quickly becomes another property. There's been good interest in it," he told the Herald.
"The property in its own right is a high-profile property. Geographically it's a very distinctive property at the junction of Botanic Avenue and you can't really miss it.
"We've been very pleased with the response and the good interest in it," he said.
Viewings are by appointment only and Mr Chambers said all those who have inspected the house so far have been "genuinely interested" in buying, "as opposed to just looking at it for curiosity sake.
"Since it's gone on the market, we've shown it to five people who were all genuinely considering it. We're showing it by appointment and of those five already, certainly three have expressed a keen interest.
"We've enquiries going continually on it, so there will be more," Mr Chambers said.
"From the people who have seen it, they have been looking at it from an office point of view but the zoning on it is part of the attraction. It would permit a lot of uses across residential to commercial," he added.
The building was bought by a trust of Mr Ahern's closest associates in January 1988 for IR£56,000.
It was turned into a constituency office, with an apartment overhead where Mr Ahern occasionally lived.
It was handed over to Fianna Fail in 2012.