Final Sunday Property Round-Up of 2017

If you are taking the time to read this, I imagine that you are already tiring of the holiday excesses and are looking forward to easing yourself back into work next week.  Below are the main stories over the last  seven days and the last of 2017.  As always, please do let me know if I have missed out on any interesting property news by emailing

As it was an expectedly quiet week for Irish housing news, I looked further afield for some new industry  innovations and one of my favourites this week was learning about the repurposing of jeans (of the two-legged, denim variety!) into building insulation.  ‘Blue Jeans Go Green’ is a recycling program sanctioned by Cotton Inc., which collects used jeans and other denim and transforms the material into UltraTouch Denim Insulation. The natural cotton, which is made of 80% denim and 20% binding fibre, makes this a successful form of insulation with great sound absorption qualities. Apparently it requires between 500 to 1,000 pieces of denim to insulate one home.

It’s actually not a new project, it has been underway for almost a decade and in that time, 2.7 million sq. ft. of denim insulation has been used in building.   Most importantly, a portion of this has been provided to help communities, such as Habitat for Humanity. Click here to read more.


 Other property news



  • Irish Water is granted planning for their proposed €80m reservoir in south Dublin









Industry happenings



  • London’s skyline is changing – here are seven skyscrapers due to arrive by 2025 – Ready the whole Time Out article here and how we are involved in changing the face of London:


  • For construction news, the CIF magazine this month leads with an article ‘Realising the Construction Industry’s Potential to Build Ireland’s Future’, written by yours truly (that’s my declaration of bias!), however, the entire issue is packed with insights from Irish and international speakers who addressed industry members at the CIF annual conference in October: Click here for magazine access






  • New fund: Enterprise Ireland are now advertising their new Agile Innovation Fund as “Responding to the threats and opportunities posed by Brexit demands innovation“.  There is up to 50% of funding available for R&D  projects up to €300,000.  Check out their website on


To keep up-to-date on all things tech and innovation for the planning, construction and property industries, head over to, the national resource website for innovators, investors and mentors or email .

Property Insiders Guide


As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) has undergone a rebrand for 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.

On a personal note, thank you all for your continued support and best wishes for a successful New Year!


(Finally, as always, apologies for any typos, it’s difficult to get good help on a Sunday!)


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