Sunday Property Round-Up 16th August, 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: 


























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


As #PropertyMatters takes a summer break, we have collaborated with Proptech Ireland ( for a Radio & Podcast Summer Series for August 2020.


Meet the people developing, shaping and financing proptech innovation in Ireland.




For our latest Proptech Ireland/iPropertyRadio Summer Series we travel to Dingle to meet with Standard Access CEO Damien Browne and we are joined remotely by the software lead of the technical team, Mihai Penica.

Standard Access is a smart building access provider and AI (artificial intelligence) isnnovator, specialist in the critical area of secure data transmission for real estate. Damien and Mihai talk us through the origins of the business, the many awards and accolades amassed over the past few years, the evolution of their technology and the recent rush to roll out pandemic-response tools like GDPR complaint indoor and outdoor head-counting through existing CCTV systems, and a levelling up of touchless or contactless building access.

Damien also discusses the funding ecosystem for ventures in Ireland and talks about how a feature about their most recent fundraising efforts (€4.5 million) in an Irish newspaper, the Sunday Independent, attracted the attention of a US investor! 

You can learn more about the company here:  


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  • In the Business Post today, Housing sector has rebounded faster than predicted

    Key takeaways: Commencements are down but completions are picking up since lockdown ended, the latest analysis from Goodbody shows










  • High-profile D2 construction project scaled back due to pandemic: A whole floor of retail space has been scrapped at the site on the corner of Dawson Street and Nassau Street


  • Marlet secures €65m AIB funding for docklands residential scheme: One Lime Street, a 216-apartment development in Dublin’s Silicon Docks, will include features designed to assist residents with working and living in a post-pandemic world


  • Plan to lease student digs to others is slated as co-living ‘by the back door’: Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin raises concerns over diversified use of purpose-built Point Village scheme


  • Ronan firm misses deadline for Tara St tower works to begin: Failure to meet deadline could open way for CIÉ to go back on original deal





  • Making It Work: Irish firm to build Facebook’s new Danish data centre: The social media giant is one of the highly-specialised Gaeltec Utilities’ biggest blue-chip clients





  • Medical device firm planning €100m facility at Parkmore








  • Making It Work: €1m extension for joinery business with sound plan: The family-owned Burke Joinery, which has diversified into creating acoustic doors and sound absorption systems, will create seven jobs





  • 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 * 




  • Smart building specialists OKTO Technologies has launched a new revolutionary air control system in Ireland that will reportedly remove 99.98% of the COVID-19 virus particles in the air within 10 minutes.



  • UK Proptech Habito, a Digital Mortgage Firm, Acquires £35 Million in Capital via Series C with Backing from Augmentum Fintech, SBI Group



  • How Covid-19 is shifting ‘smart city’ priorities






  • Startling new figures reveal homes being built today are a fifth smaller than just four years ago
























  • Owners of Dundrum Town Centre report €4m drop in rental income  | Business Post



























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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. 

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