Sunday Property Round-Up 27th 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: 


  • If you have a quiet Sunday afternoon ahead, I recommend this: What’s behind the Irish obsession with land & property?  Heather Laird University College Cork Irish Research Council explores the issue for RTÉ Brainstorm – video by Laura Gaynor
















Architecture At The Edge:


 This much-anticipated annual festival kicks off next weekend (2nd to 5thOctober) with a whole range of off and online events. You will find the full line up here:  


I am particularly looking forward to hosting The Great Debate on Saturday afternoon with panelists: John Concannon, Vice President of NUI Galway, John Moran, Chair of the Land Development Agency, Elaine Brick, Regional Director at AECOM and Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO of the Western Development Commission.


‘Is Project 2040 Fit For Purpose Post Covid-19?’


This multidisciplinary panel will discuss and debate the long term strategic plan for Ireland, with a particular focus on Galway City, Galway County and the wider Western Region. 


Our panel will also share insights and trends that emerged while navigating the pandemic restrictions and explore what the longer term impacts are likely to be on critical societal issues from housing and transport, through to culture and the creation of a truly liveable city.  Register here:



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

Property Matters: 22nd September 2020 – Pensions Awareness Week SpecialPensions 



With Carol Tallon and co-host Feargal McKenna, Head of Debt Advisory at Beacon Capital


  • Aengus Burns, Advisory Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Eugene Davy, Principal, Primera Capital
  • Ralph Benson, Co-Founder and Head of Financial Advice, Moneycube


Listen back here: 


Email the Property Matters team at







  • A grassroots approach is critical to the success of PPPs, says U+I: The British property developer is chasing opportunities to partner with the new government in tackling housing demand















*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*









  • Construction Information Services round-up: Your weekly guide to the biggest construction projects in the pipeline around the country




  • Nothing changes behaviour more than a crisis: ‘The Covid-19 global pandemic stopped the construction sector in its tracks’ says Annette Hughes, Director, EY-DKM Economic Advisory Services.

























  • An Bord Pleanála Grant Planning Permission For 319 Homes In Naas Area. | Kfm Radio








  • 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 *  





  • Eight top European accelerators for female founders to know | Sifted: Female founder teams are in scarce supply — only 2.5% of European startups with multiple founders have entirely female founder teams, while solo female founding teams make up 21% of Europe’s startups:


  • Machines building our future while we’re in full control












  • Construction Technology Festival – Online taking place 21 October 2020 at 12pm UAE time, brings together digital leaders to share technology use-cases and new construction methods that have designed, built and operated projects better.








  • Clancy Quay leads way as new builds start to return: Covid-19 has put pressure on the construction industry, but big-ticket schemes are still getting completed around the country



























  • Regus goes to war with landlords: IWG, run by Mark Dixon, is set to put Jersey-based subsidiary Regus plc into insolvency in a matter of days, dissolving £790m of lease guarantees across 500 centres. Doing so would be hugely controversial. In 2018, the value of the subsidiary’s guarantees quadrupled to £758m. IWG extracted a £635m dividend in January last year, all but wiping out its assets:










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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