Sunday Property Round-Up, April 29th 2018


Below is a catch-up on the stories that caught my attention earlier in the week, together with some of the industry stories from across the broadsheets today. I must point out that the business and property section was noticeably absent from my Sunday Times today (thank you Centra, but the croissants were baked to perfection so we’re okay!).  Even accounting for that, the construction and property is quite light today so maybe opt for an  afternoon outdoors instead…


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(Apologies in advance for any typos, it’s difficult to get good help on a Sunday!)


Sunday Read


Smart tech changes in commercial property market: The unending search for efficiencies is driving proptech growth at an unprecedented pace

Featuring Irish-led, global proptech companies Standard Access, Popertee and Johnson Controls:


Other property news







  • The Sunday Independent today reports that  Glenveagh  and Panda are among firms bidding for a 36-acre quarry in Dublin 15, which is being marketed  by Knight Frank as a “landfill opportunity“.


  • Tom Maguire, writing a taxation comment to peace in the business section of the Sunday Independent today states that it is “Time to make sure the Help to Buy scheme does what it says on the tin”.  He refers to a recent case and decision of the Appeal Commissioners, which denied relief under the scheme to a first time buyer whose loan-to-value ratio was 69.89% rather than the minimum 70% required, despite the fact that the bank had actually rounded up to 70%.  If the mortgage had been 190 €5300 rather than €195,000 the applicant would have qualified for relief under the help to buy scheme –  this is quite an unfair and ridiculous interpretation that flies in the face of the scheme and punishes the homebuyer for the bank’s policy to round up.


  • Ronan Lyons’ column this week is an interesting one ‘How to turn gentrification into a win-win situation’. The writer starts by suggesting that “gentrification has become something of a dirty word“ in recent decades  but this was not always the case.  He suggests that pollution plays a huge part; in the past, people opted to move out of city centres as soon as they had the means because the city was dirty. However, now that we have moved on to smokeless fuels, inner-city areas and those slightly further out but still within the canals, are prospering with new neighbourhoods, cafes and social amenities. This is causing an influx of higher-income households to move into the city, which means lower-income households are priced out and this is the crux of the opposition  to gentrification.


  • We know that only four decades ago Dublin had the same prices as the rest of the country, however, in the time since then, living in the capital became almost twice as expensive as elsewhere in the country.   But what is the solution? He suggests that one potential solution is for the local authority to include in its planning permissions for redevelopment a clause giving existing residents the right to remain in the newly developed homes.  In order to make this attractive for developers and homebuilders, the writer suggests that if the area currently hosts two-storey buildings and ordinarily planning would allow for eight storeys, then permission could be given for 10 storeys. This way, existing residents can be accommodated as well as  commercial development.  This seems almost too simple and elegant a solution!


  • Ronald Quinlan, commercial property editor in the Sunday Independent reports on a 6.75 acre development site in Drumcondra (close to DCU) with capacity for 358 apartments.  In a separate peace, he goes on to say that “the sheer strength of the Dublin development market was on show at BidX1’s latest round of online auctions“,  where €28.5 million worth of residential and commercial properties were sold over three days.


  • In the same newspaper, Samantha McCaughren reports that Ternary Ltd (owned by family of Larry Goodman) “failed to win over Dublin city planners with its first version of an ambitious €100 million redevelopment of the city’s Setanta Centre“.


  • The Sunday Business Post has a new homes special in the property supplement today, which will be of interest to potential buyers.


  • In the same section, Karl Deeter writes that “Blaming the website for lack of housing supply is like putting your fever down to your thermometer: The Airbnb malaise is a symptom, not cause“.  And of course, he’s right. He also quotes from the ‘Home-Sharing: The Positive Impacts on Dublin’ report,  Which estimates that €221 million was spent on goods and services by people staying in Airbnb accommodation in Dublin in 2016, with a further €52 million spent on directly rented homes in rooms.


  • Moving from call-living to co-working, Donal Buckley in the SBP commercial property section today writes about the growing trend for businesses to favour short-term office accommodation through companies such as Iconic Offices in Dublin.


  • The following report from the Knight Frank Residential Team provides an overview of the current Residential Market in Dublin, including transaction figures and the influence of Brexit on the market:









  • Social media for the property industry in Ireland is something that the team at ie is heavily focused on, in fact, I would love to see this used in a more productive and engaging way at the early stages of pre-planning and throughout the  planning process.  So it is great to see that the official Facebook page has been ranked fifth in the world for engagement, that’s behind only The Hill, Vox, Buzz feed and CBS!  This makes the Facebook page the number one for engagement outside of the US.  This is a great achievement, well done to the digital team there.



  • Last week I brought you news  about 3D printed homes for under $4,000, today, despite me hailing it as new technology, it’s almost 40 years old. Take a look back at the history of 3D printing:


  • To all the Proptech start-ups, I hope you are following the secret start-up in the SBP. It is the most comprehensive, honest-sounding, insightful look at funding rounds, co-founder fallouts and comprises. So many compromises…


  • To keep up-to-date on all things tech and innovation for the planning, construction and property industries, head over to, the national resource website for innovators, investors and mentors or email .

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