Sunday Property Round-Up 6th September, 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: 











  • Mortgage-to-rent body raises €26m via immigrant investor scheme: I Care founder David Hall expects his charitable body to have acquired more than 500 homes by year’s end


  • I look forward to moderating a panel discussion on “Green Data Factories & New Economic Opportunities” with George Kamiya from International Energy Agency (IEA) & Host in Ireland’s Garry Connolly next Tuesday at 14:00 –  Registration 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



Series 3, Episode 1

Welcome back to Property Matters – episode 1 of Series 3, how did that happen?!


After a brief summer break (where our airtime was ably-filled by Proptech Ireland for their ‘Meet the Founder” series, listen back at,  we catch up on what has been happening in the marketplace with Pat Davitt, CEO of IPAV. We also chat to Karen Muldowney, Sharpoorji Pallonji Business Manager for Ireland and the UK about keeping construction projects going and winning new business during the pandemic.


We speak to CIM General Manager for Europe, Paul Walsh, about the increasing importance of data analytics for building operators and how this has changed – and needs to change – as a result of Covid-19.


Listen back here:    



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  •  Building projects getting started around the country:










  • Ireland Bi-Monthly Research Report September 2020:  Increase in transactional activity anticipated in some sectors of the market from this point forward although this Autumn selling season will be different


  • Hotel builds to be cancelled to make way for new homes: Developers to change plans as they seek to capitalise on demand for housing amid dramatic drop in hotel occupancy, according to report


  • Larry Goodman gets green light to redevelop Kildare Street building: The beef baron has experienced several setbacks in his attempts to overhaul properties he owns in the area





  • Final whistle for Kiely’s pub as co-living plans emerge: A property development firm is aiming to build a shared living complex on the site of Kiely’s, which closed in 2018









  • US activist fund Teleios Capital builds up 10 per cent stake in Glenveagh Homes: Investment by Epstein vehicle Teleios Capital and similar move by Italian hedge fund follow Davy’s reassurance of future growth in sector





  • 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 * 





  • Green Data Factories and New Economic Opportunities


























  • CBRE reports spike in demand for logistics warehouse space: Trend is being driven by increased appetite for space from online retailers, as well as demand for storage warehouses for pharmaceuticals and food



  •  Hotel group Dalata features across all of the broadsheets today with news of a fall in asset value of €161 million: ‘Chief executive Pat McCann is confident of surviving any future coronavirus downturn, but says many other business won’t be so lucky’





  • HS2: Construction on super fast railway line officially begins –  Construction on super-fast railway line HS2 has officially begun. But you won’t be able to take a trip on it anytime soon as it will take at least eight years to complete the first stage, and 20 years to fully build! It’s being built in two stages, with the first part between London and Birmingham aiming to be finished between 2028 and 2031. The second part of the line between the Midlands and Manchester and Leeds, is due to be completed by 2040 at the latest.













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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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