Sunday Property Round-Up: April 28th  2019


After a quiet few weeks on the property front, today’s broadsheets carry plenty of news stories and analysis. 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…





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


Property Matters (L-R): Hosts Bryan Fox & Carol Tallon, Karen Muldowney of Shapoorji Pallonji and Michael Kinsella of Kinsella Estates, Wicklow & Wexford


#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.

On Property Matters this week we were joined in studio by Wicklow and Wexford-based estate agent, Michael Kinsella of Kinsella Estates to discuss the property market outside of Dublin. Kinsella Estates were the first estate agency outside of Dublin to introduce 360 property tours and virtual reality viewings, back in 2016. Also, head of business development at Shapoorji Pallonji, Karen Muldowney, joined us to talk about the impact of changes to non-EU workers permits on the construction labour market.


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Other Property News


  • People paying €129,000 more to live near Dart and Luas stops in Dublin (Wayne O’Connor, writing in the Sunday Independent today, has more about this on page 10.)


  • The lead business story in the Independent today is by Michael Cogley, who writes: ‘Finance calls for urgent ECB views on vulture funds bill: Department warns law will significantly reduce value of State’s bank shares’. This refers to the ‘No Consent, No Sale 2019’ bill proposed by Sinn Fein, which has already been passed by the Dail.


  • Also in the Sunday Independent: Samantha McCaughren reports that Isif is putting €140m into the new Irish Residential Property Fund, to be managed by Irish Life Investment Managers; and Bartra Capital “has made another move to bring the shared-living model to Dublin” (coliving) with a planning application for a 208-unit development in Dun Laoghaire.


  • The lead business story in The Sunday Times today is by Gavin Daly, as follows: ‘Build-to-rent craze grows with plans for 4,000 apartments: An Bord Pleanala dealing with flood of applications from big-name developers’.  This is referring to a development blitz valued at at least €1.6bn by Ballymore/Oxley, Johnny Ronan, Andrew and Maurice Gillick, Marlet, Brian Durkin, Bernard McNamara, Park Developments, Glenveagh, Kennedy Wilson, Ires Reit, Bartra Capital and others. Also, student accommodation provider, GSA, apparently has plans to invest €450m on doubling initial delivery plans.


  • Killian Woods in The Sunday Business Post today reports that DCC has “moved to reprimand high-profile developer Johnny Ronan” for failing to develop prime a prime infill housing site on the corner of Appian Way and Leeson Street Upper.


  • Also in the SBP today: Google’s proposed ‘skybridges’ to link it’s Docklands buildings is back in the headlines (we’ll keep an eye on this!); Dublin houses record slight rise in sale price (0.33%); IDA calls for clarity on new Dublin building height rules amid the fallout from the Tara Tower planning decision and  Amazon is seeking clarity on changes to data centres planning rules (more on this as soon as we have it).


  • The SBP property section has a front page feature on Waterford, with a projected €750 million worth of new developments coming to the city between now and 2022.







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  • Ronan plans €350m residential development for Docklands


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