Sunday Property Round-Up 4th October, 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: 
















BisNow Dublin

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion on Dublin’s BTR sector, the link to watch back is:




Architecture At The Edge

This much-anticipated annual festival took place in Galway and online this week end (events scheduled until Sunday evening). You will find the full line up here:  


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

Yesterday I had the particular pleasure of hosting The Great Debate 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, sponsored by Stewart Construction. The watch back function will be available shortly at: 




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



On Property Matters this week: With Frank Monahan, Director at Architecture at the Edge and Cliona Molloy, Director at McKeon Group

  • The industry gives back
  • Architecture at the Edge moves online
  • A third generation business talks about continuous innovation
  • Women in Proptech: Ireland Edition


Listen back at–September-29th-2020-ekes94 


Email the Property Matters team at









  • Dublin City Council wants the Land Development Agency to take over the long-awaited redevelopment of the St Teresa’s Gardens estate.







  • County Council adopts strategy to better communicate with social housing tenants



  • Opinion: Goodbye to O’Rahilly’s 40 Herbert Park, an integral part of the story of 1916 – Historian Donal Fallon tells of ‘The O’Rahilly’, one of The Rising’s most colourful characters and how his recently demolished home, 40 Herbert Park, played a part in the history of the rebellion






*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*










  • Covid 19 pandemic: We have an opportunity to prioritise building decent homes, says academic and housing expert Orla Hegarty


  • To address the housing crisis, we must rebuild: The state must incentivise, finance, enable and manage a house-building initiative on a scale that matches Ireland’s urgent need for homes
























  • 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 *  







  • Irish online ID verification firm ID-Pal raises €1 Million to fuel expansion



  • ConTech: Laying the foundations for the future of construction – Construction Technology might not be the biggest buzzword in the startup ecosystem, but ConTech has the potential to rise like other sectors such as Medtech, Edtech, or Proptech:











  • The Pullback in Proptech Investment Was Only Temporary

















  • Respond, a leading Approved Housing Body and service provider, reported today that they currently have 1,288 homes in construction around the country. The organisation said they increased their number of social homes to 4,056 in 2019; 9,480 tenants live in these homes, a 9% increase on 2018. The figures were released at the launch of the Respond Annual Report 2019. The annual report was launched by the Minister for Housing





















  • Fully let office in Dublin 2 on sale for €2.25m | Business Post









  • Colony Capital, Inc. announced the sale Thursday of six hotel portfolios valued at a total of $2.8B to hospitality management firm Highgate Holdings. Colony will receive $67M in gross proceeds, while Highgate will assume the $2.7B of debt against the portfolios. Click here for the full story:










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. 

Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:



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