Sunday Property Round-Up June 16th, 2019



If you missed last week’s round-up, you can catch up here:


  • I am delighted to chair this CitA Ltd Technology Trends session next Wednesday morning in Dublin.
    It will likely be of interest to anyone involved in the design and/or build of real estate:

    CitA Technology Trend Series: ‘AI-enabled Building Systems’ Free event Wednesday morning, 8.15am at BOI Workbench, Grand Canal


Before we get stuck into the general property news of the week, below are a few local and international stories that might be of particular interest:


  • 10 ways cities are tackling the global affordable housing crisis








As always, you might let me know if I have missed out on any relevant property news by emailing


(Apologies in advance for any typos, it’s difficult to get good help on a Sunday. Also, I use voice to text dictation so just sound out anything that really doesn’t make sense in a strong rural accent and that should help!)


Sunday Listen

#PropertyMatters Ireland’s First Weekly Property Radio Show (& Podcast!):

Ireland’s first weekly property radio show, Property Matters, launched In January 2019 on Dublin South FM 93.9 and is now available internationally via iTunes and Spotify podcast (@iPropertyRadio). Seasoned political journalist and broadcaster, Bryan Fox, and I (Carol Tallon) team up to deliver 60 minutes of industry chat with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech. Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media.


On #PropertyMatters this week we were joined in studio by estate agent Brian McCarthy, industry recruiter Philip Pelucha and clinical hypnotherapist Fiachra Morrison to discuss the national property market, why proptech will not replace agents, competing to attract the top industry talent and, vitally, the issue of stress within the construction industry.


Produced by Katie Tallon (email the team:


Listen back to this episode here:–June-11th-2019-e4b0



*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:


Email the Property Matters team at




Public Consultation and Community Engagement




  • ‪ Technology has changed the way our towns and cities work. Find out how #PlanTech is about to change how we plan them…‬‬






*PLACEengage: The future of speedy, successful placemaking for property developers is here – Property developers and project owners ready Public Consultation are encouraged to contact the PLACEengage team for full details*




Other Property News



  • In The Sunday Independent, Alan O’Keefe reports that “far more trees” are likely to be removed to make way for proposed new Bus Connects routes. The figure previously estimated was 500-1,000, however, there are 4,700 trees along these routes so 1,000 now appears to be too low an estimate. In The Sunday Times, planner Dr. Diarmuid O’Grada also writes about this in his weekly column, highlighting the environmental benefits to keeping the trees.


  • The leading property story in the Business section of the Independent today reports that the Revenue Commissioners is apparently considering a ‘compliance project’ aimed at Airbnb hosts. This is not entirely unexpected but we may wait to see what shape it takes.


  • Also in the Independent, Michael Cogley reports on the risk of developers reneging on social housing agreements – however, my reading of this is that this purchase process is the same as the usual process, where nothing is legally binding until contracts are exchanged (which happens at a ridiculously late stage).


  • Fearghal O’Connor reports that AIB has agreed to provide facilities to Home for Life to purchase up to 3,000 homes for homeowners struggling to stay in their homes (mortgage-to-rent).


  • US-based Marathon Asset Management is reportedly selling 815 homes to Ires

Reit for €285m (€14.2m annual rent-roll).


  • Developer Pat Crean is reportedly in consultation with An Bord Pleanala to build 512 new homes, four commercial units and a creche on the former Techrete site, on the seafront in Howth.


  • In The Sunday Times today, Gavin Daly reports that Nama is finally set to start work on the controversial Glass Bottle site at Poolbeg in Dublin and three of Ireland’s biggest developers (Glenveagh, Ardstone and Cairn) are looking to build 12,00 new homes in County Kildare.


  • Nick Webb writes about the continuing opposition Richard Barrett (Bartra Capital Property) faced with his coliving schemes – proposed for Dun Laoghaire, Castleknock, Tallaght and Rathmines.


  • Ian Guider in The Sunday Business Post reports that Irish Institutional Property – a new lobby group for some of Ireland’s largest property firms – is due to formally launch next week. Board members include Kevin Nowlan (Hibernia Reit), Simon Betty (Hammerson) and Caroline McCarthy (Green REIT).


  • Also in the SBP, Killian Woods reports that the Land Development Agency has secured only one additional site since its establishment in September 2018. It will now be 2020 before any new homes are expected to be delivered to the market.


  • There is a genuinely great pull-out feature in the SBP today: Cork 2019, looking at the infrastructure of the city, the new boundary expansion, the re-development of Horgan’s Quay and an overview of the tech and startup scene. Definitely worth a read today!


  • In the Property section of the SBP it is reported that the latest JLL research identifies Dublin as one of the global leading cities in terms of innovation, which will come as no surprise to anyone watching or participating in the thriving proptech sector.


  • research shows where people are buying homes:  Dublin and Leinster continue to dominate the Irish property market





























The Agile Agent

Getting Ireland’s Property Marketplace Digital by Default

The Agile Agent is a 12-month digital transformation programme for independent Irish estate agents and auctioneers, which runs from September – August. This programme will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary Irish and UK team and will go beyond proptech adoption to help agents get their industry digital by default.


Q3. March – May 2019 Agile Agent check-in now available HERE: 



To get involved and for free Proptech Prompts, please


Proptech and Construction Innovation



  • From smart design and planning right through to the smart transaction, where does your Irish-led or Ireland-based #proptech business sit?  Pease take five minutes to add or update your details to our internationally-shared listing here: SIGN UP: PROPTECH INNOVATORS and STARTUPS



  • Permanent Noise Monitoring System Market Growth And Key Players Insights: Featuring Sonitus Systems  – Best Daily Times







  • Real Estate And Construction Gets Futuristic Help : Real Estate : Business Times





  • To keep up-to-date on all things tech and innovation for the planning, construction and property industries, head over to



  • Buy-to-let: the tech that makes property investment easy





New Facebook Group for Irish Property Buyers & Investors


Crowd-sourcing answers topical property questions:    


As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) was rebranded in 2018 and will now appear as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here.


From 2019, the publishers and I want to ensure the content remains topical and we are doing this by crowd-sourcing home buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:



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