Sunday Property Round-Up 23rd 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 the latest episode in our Proptech Ireland Summer Series, we chat to Anna Downes of about the realities of starting a proptech business in Ireland and the challenges in gaining market traction in a slow-adapting industry. 

We also  visit HQ.Tralee and meet with HQ. Kerry co-owner Ken Tobin to talk about the changing role of the office and how co-working hubs are navigating this change. 


Listen back here: 



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  • Roof would be crowning glory for Cork’s Princes Street: Businesses on the busy street are preparing a submission to the council to cover street so they can permanently retain outdoor seating at restaurants




*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*







  • Russia’s Ambassador to Ireland Yuriy Filatov has accused the Irish Government of “playing games” and “pursuing its hidden agenda” in relation to its decision to block planning permission for a three-storey extension to the Russian embassy.


  • An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for 358 new student bed spaces at Trinity Hall, in spite of residents’ complaints over alleged late-night drunken and rowdy behaviour by students.



  • Uninest hops to convert buildings into 1,600 tourist beds: Student accommodation provider’s plan set to hit Dublin hoteliers already hurting despite easing of lockdown measures


  • Couple planning to turn disused corn mill into a €8m distillery and tourist attraction | Business Post


  • Permission for major mixed use development in Knocknacarra appealed




  • Appeal Lodged With ABP Against Planning Permission Granted For Contractors’ Compounds To Facilitate Construction Of €3Bn Upgrade At Intel, Leixlip. | Kfm Radio



  • Farmer accuses Intel of making ‘killer robots’ | Business Post


  • Carlow council refuses planning for solar farm: Irish-owned Terra Solar hopes an appeal to an Bord Pleanála will overturn the decision on its 127-hectare project near Tullow






  • CRH has limited visibility for 2021 due to Covid-19: CRH said the global Covid-19 pandemic had a material impact across the construction markets in which it operates










  • 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 * 



  • TEMPCO Covid-19 Pods launched




  • New Review Site Aims To Provide Clarity For PropTech Industry:  With the UK PropTech industry potentially worth an eye-watering £6 billion, it’s clear that keeping track of the thousands of providers is becoming increasingly difficult for agents, investors, and the wider public alike













  • Almost Half Of All Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Applications In Kildare Have Been Declined.









  • Brexit and Covid-19 mean Ireland needs millions of square feet of warehouse space

    Covid-19 is hurting retailers, and the outlook for offices is uncertain. But well-located industrial and logistics space has never been in such high demand.





  • “I am absolutely adamant that people are calling the demise of the office prematurely.” – Mark Reynolds, Savills Ireland Managing Director, speaks to Ian Guider for The Sunday Interview in today’s Business Post. Read the interview here: (via Savills) 










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