Sunday Property Round-Up 13th September, 2020

Irish property market news and insights – for the industry, by the industry  



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







  • In Focus: Docklands’ defences raised against the flood of bad news
    Many in the property sector insist concerns over Google’s Dublin plans are an overreaction, but only time will tell. Fearghal O’Connor reports:  




  • Irish Data Centre Industry Adds 1,800 Jobs in Next 12 Months




  • I look forward to hosting Day 3 of the Pensions Awareness Week (#PAW20) series of masterclasses where there will be insights about the property and pension. Panellists include David O’Meara from Greenman, Suzie Nolan from Aviva, David Jelly from Property Bridges and Feargal McKenna from Beacon Capital Ltd. If you are invested or about to invest in property, this free masterclass could be of interest to you, link to register here:  Also, visit to register and check out the other webinars held during Pensions Awareness Week 2020.



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


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!)






Property Matters: 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 ( The team delivers 60 minutes of industry chat weekly with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech. 

Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media


Series 3, Episode 2



Joining us on Property Matters this week are James Benson, Director of the Irish Home Builders Association, and Mark Cronin, Associate Director of Townmore, one of Ireland’s Top 20 contractors. 


Listen back here: 



Email the Property Matters team at



Also: Dublin back in 2000 | Newstalk 


‘Embedded: Tech in Town’ is a six-part series, presented by Jess Kelly, exploring twenty years of tech companies in Dublin and their imprint on community and culture. Brought to you with thanks to Salesforce. 


Episode 1 looks back at Dublin in the year 2000.





  • OPR Launches New Interactive Map Displaying Information on Statutory Plans: All details of live public consultations relating to statutory plans, as well as any submissions or recommendations made by the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) relating to these plans are now accessible on a new intuitive, interactive map format. Users can now easily navigate and access information relating to development plans in each local authority by simply clicking on the relevant geographical location on the map.

















*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*











  • Office construction boom slows but crash in rents unlikely:



  • Development opportunities to be found among the rooftops: Living over the shop is taking on a new meaning as developers start to add new storeys over shopping centres that can accommodate large numbers of apartments and offices































  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2020 Irish technology providers for the built environment – From smart design and planning right through to the smart property transaction, where does your Irish-led or Ireland-based proptech  or MMC business sit?  Pease take five minutes to add or update your details to our internationally-shared listing here: SIGN UP HERE: *PROPTECH INNOVATORS and STARTUPS * 


















































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 now appears as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here:


From 2020, 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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