Sunday Property Round-Up, July 21st, 2019


Apologies, the Business section of my edition of The Sunday Times today is AWOL (newsagent error, not published due to holidays..?).  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:




  • Like guessing the number of pebbles in a jar, there’s a prize for guessing the number of inaccuracies in this article … ‘No, of course you shouldn’t need a degree to show someone round a house’










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  • In the Sunday Independent today, Brendan Slattery, head of environment and planning at McCann FitzGerald asks the question: ‘Are our planning laws failing us just when we need them most?’. This comes after a recent spate of poor planning outcomes, including Cairn Homes’ failed application for 217 homes in Blackrock due to non-inclusion of the latest version of a report on bat activity. 


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  • One of the lead stories in the Sunday Independent reads that the Housing Agency has “launched High Court action to stop performance and governance reviews of housing associations from being made public”. The reasoning behind this appears to be that mandatory regulation has not yet come into effect for AHBs (due later this year).  It will be interesting to see how this progresses. AHBs have been tasked with delivering and managing one-third of all the social housing in Ireland by 2021 so this is an important sector to get right and the gap between those AHBs that are doing it well – and those that are not – is demonstrably widening. 


  • The lead business story in the Independent today reports that ‘Dunnes Stores moves on vacant sites after retailers’ backlash: Irish group now selling or leasing several vacant sites in key town locations’.


  • Also in the Independent, Louise McBride has a feature ‘How to stay in the letting game without flouting new rent laws’. In reality, I am not sure how helpful the information is ie. rent for longer, home share (?)  and “steer clear of RPZs” – which now contain two-thirds of all rental stock in the country… I think experienced landlords can give this a miss.


  • In The Sunday Business Post, Hannah O’Brien asks an excellent question, that is, ‘In this time of crisis, why are our talented young architects not being asked to design public housing?’. It is a great point, we are definitely in need to new ideas and thinking, and not just about delivery – we need innovative design and construction materials/methods etc.


  • Roisin Burke writes ‘No sign of Project Eagle landing yet’ in relation to the controversial €1.4bn Nama loan book that will be offered to the market this year.


  • Also in The Sunday Business Post today, TCD is seeking an exemption from local property tax in an attempt to reduce the cost of student accommodation. A cynic might wonder if such a tax break would actually result in reduced costs of students and/or their parents…










  • In the Sunday Independent today, Michael Cogley quotes Bartra chief executive Mike Flannery as saying that co-living is now being criticised by politicians “aiming to win seats in the European elections”. There is a separate feature on page 5 of the Business section on co-living. 


  • The same journalist quotes the Government’s own high-level tax strategy group in concluding that ‘Block-buying necessary to support apartment developments’.













  • UK perspective: Freedom is the answer to our housing crisis







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