Sunday Property Round-Up 20th September, 2020

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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: 












  • Remote Work: has the sovereign office been dethroned?



  • Report on Nama’s Project Eagle loans sale is delayed again: Commission of investigation seeks another extension, to December 31, as it waits for Nama’s responses on key issues




  • Hydrogen, the fuel of the future, is becoming a reality in Ireland  | Business Post




  • PENSIONS AWARENESS WEEK 2020: Property, like other asset classes, has a place in pension portfolios and, in many ways, the medium to long term horizon of property investment works well within a pension. Sign up for a FREE masterclass on ‘Property and Your Pension’ on Wednesday 23rd September:



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


COMING UP: Paddy Kelly reflects on 60 years in the industry…



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  • North Dublin residents amazement at ‘stark contrast’ of council projects. A resident of Old Street, said: “We are simply at a loss to understand how Fingal County Council can provide an example of best and worst practice in the provision of public realm improvements at precisely the same time…”









  • How co-working spaces could transform rural Ireland: The rapid, widespread adoption of remote working during the Covid-19 outbreak has the potential to re-invigorate our abandoned towns and villages













*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*







  • Linesight’s data and trends index is upbeat for Ireland | Business Post




  • Credit unions back €300m fund for social and affordable homes | Business Post
























  • Green light for 78 unit housing development in Ballinasloe






  • The remote working that came as a result of the pandemic is here to stay: The industry moved very early during the pandemic, even before the lockdown, to manage the issue of Covid-19, says Donal McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer for Ireland and Europe at John Sisk & Son:




  • 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 * 



  • The use of remote training and support will also aid the skills shortage. ‘I think the lasting impacts on the sector will be prioritising the essential workers onsite’ says Simon Crowhen, Sales Manager-Geomatics, Topcon Positioning Ireland

















  • Development of 101 apartments pre-sold in south Dublin: Family-owned McGrath group has also generated over €40 million from the sale of apartments in Germany











  • What is the going rate for a home in Co Donegal?



  • IAM Sold Property Auctions reveals fresh new look | Business Post














  • Prime office block site on St Stephen’s Green comes to market | Business Post



  • Application for appointment of examiner to Irish arm of New Look is adjourned: Lawyer for some of the fashion retailer’s landlords opposes application for the appointment of examiner















Crowd-sourcing answers topical property questions:


Irish Property Buyers Handbook annuals


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. 

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