Sunday Property Round-Up 30th 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:






  • The Heritage Council: *PARTICIPANTS NEEDED* for research investigating the issues that influence the success of conservation, maintenance or restoration works to farmhouses or cottages in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.The survey is being conducted by SPAB Ireland:





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 last in our iPropertyRadio Summer Series, in association with Proptech Ireland, we chat to Colin Stokes, Proptech buyer and investor in AskPorter.

Colin talks about his own business, Adiuvo, which manages the out-of-hours emergency calls for more than 600,000 rental properties across the UK, from the main base in Charleville, County Cork. The company has recently opened a call centre in the UK (on-boarding 21 new staff members during Covid-19!) and expanded into the US marketplace.

He also talks the process of evaluating proptech, as both a buyer and an investor – “We see beautiful ‘tech’ but sometimes they forget the ‘prop’..

Listen back here:

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  • In the Business Post today: Planning rules must be adapted to fit the challenging economic climate – Residents and the economy in general would benefit from a more flexible and fast-moving system for building homes










  • Double setback for controversial Kildare housing plan: Kildare County Council’s Variation No.1, which effectively reduced its housing targets, challenged by both An Bord Pleanala and a judicial review








*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*






  • James Benson, Director with the IHBA: “With a new political landscape after the election, we felt it was time to get an in-depth analysis of housing affordability and supply. This report comprehensively examines the root causes of our current shortfalls in supply and affordability and identifies a range of solutions to tackle the issues in the short to medium-term.”





  • Credit unions back €300m fund for social and affordable homes – Scheme will provide ‘competitively priced’ funding to approved housing bodies to build 10,000 homes over the next ten years



  • 100,000 tonnes of concrete diverted from landfill for reuse – Waste concrete from building sites is recycled to make new construction materials, including for runways at Dublin Airport


  • Ronan development arm hits back at Dublin City Council over Spencer Dock facility – Council claims Ronan Group’s proposed 152-unit shared living block would provide ‘poor standard’ of accommodation


  • Bartra could add 100 private homes to O’Devaney Gardens site – The development firm has entered consultations to develop 1,053 homes on the site near the Phoenix Park


  • Amazon to build third Irish wind farm to meet climate pledge – The wind farm will bring the company’s renewable power capability in Ireland to around 229MW:






  • GAA secures planning for 200-bedroom hotel near Croke Park








  • An Bord Pleanála overturns refusal for Moycullen glamping cabins – Connacht Tribune


  • Meath site available with planning granted for 63 houses | Business Post



  • Planning Permission Refused For 68 Homes In Derrinturn. | Kfm Radio






  • Olive Safety to double training revenues to €5 million by year-end







  • 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 *


  • Dingle’s Standard Access has a sound way of opening doors | Think Business “Standard Access has built a growing company focused on the commercial environment through its Sonic Handshake technology that eliminates the needs for keys, fobs or key cards, relying instead on an encrypted app that is transmitted by sound. Combining state-of-the-art technologies, Standard Access has built a proprietary access control hardware system with a smart-lock, reader and hub to allow access using an app to send an encrypted burst of sound from your phone to unlock a door…”







  • With bases in Galway and London, Vision Built offers design, manufacture and installation of offsite building solutions to the Irish and UK markets. Vision Built Managing Director Brian Kennedy speaks with with Irish building magazine about the company’s use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMCs) to provide reliable, sustainable and cost-effective buildings for the future.


  • Proptech start-up raises £1.2m in seed funding




  • Why 5G is racing ahead in Asia? China offers a look at what super-fast internet speeds can do






  • Covid does little to curb increase in house prices: The cost of housing has risen by 1.2 per cent across the country, despite the impact of Covid-19


  • 10% of property sales renegotiated with small reduction – About one in ten property sales was renegotiated due to Covid-19 with an average price reduction of 3%, a survey of over 260 estate agents carried out by the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland shows:







  • Dublin’s Seafield House Fit For Royalty Goes On The Market: Seafield House, a mid-18th century mansion, situated on the shores of the Malahide Estuary, is currently on the market and if it wasn’t for the price, we’d have it bought already…






  • A detached 19th-century coastal villa in turnkey condition – Lilac Lodge at 54 Castlepark Road in Dalkey, a detached home with planning permission for a second-storey extension, is on the market for €1.5 million



























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