Sunday Property Round-Up: April 14th, 2019


This Sunday Property Round-Up is coming to you from London so I am restricted to industry news published digitally and, of course, all the top stories of the week.  If you missed last week’s round-up, you can catch up here:

Before we get stuck into the general property news of the week, below are a few local and international stories that might be of particular interest…



  • Last Sunday I wrote about the grant of planning for the 22-storey Tara Street Tower (which I am fully in favour of) but the news was met with mixed responses – this is one of the fairest commentary pieces: ‘Poll: Were planners right to approve Johnny Ronan’s Tara Street tower? Some say it will attract further investment to inner Dublin. Others think it will ‘damage’ the city’:











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!)


Sunday Listen 




#PropertyMatters 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 (@iPropertyRadio). Seasoned political journalist and broadcaster, Bryan Fox, and I (Carol Tallon) team up to deliver 60 minutes of industry chat with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech. Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media.


As I was working from London this week, Gavin Gallagher of Proptech. TV took on my hosting duties (most excellently!) and, alongside Bryan, spoke to Saoirse Sheridan of Elder Home Share; Healy Hynes spoke about the Purplebricks UK saga, while our very own Emma Hayes spoke about the launch of the Property District annual Estate Agent’s Guide to Social Media 2019 (link above).


*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:


Email the Property Matters team at




Public Consultation and Community Engagement




  • More details on this: Plans for 25% of Poolbeg Glass Bottle site to be mix of social and affordable housing welcomed



*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*




Other Property News



  • The Sunday Business Post Property Section has a relevant  and timely guide to downsizing your home in Ireland – I still maintain that we need to be smartly using infill sites, in well-established neighbourhoods, in order to keep people within their communities.





















  • Pace of construction activity growth slows in March













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Proptech and Construction Innovation




  • Smart Docklands 3D Data Hackathon


  • Term Sheets 101: A beginner’s guide to VC term sheets



  • Don’t punish bad tenants – reward good ones, say brains behind new proptech app | Fin24


  • Property sector warned to embrace tech boom:
    “Cork-based Evolusion Innovation is a European leader in off-site construction and manufacturing consultation.”


  • AcceliCITY: Global Smart City Startup Competition:




  • Dublin tech firm FenestraPro announces €1.2m in seed funding




  • Blockchain Proptech Startup Propy Completes First Real Estate Transactions In Japan – Coinjournal




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New Facebook Group for Irish Property Buyers & Investors



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 will now appear as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here.


From 2019, 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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