Sunday Property Round-Up April 4th, 2021


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: 








  • Residents address the looming issue of high-rise developments: Following the Irish government’s relaxation of building heights, overshadowing and ‘right of light’ are becoming an important consideration for developers and other key stakeholders





  • As the Property District Ireland team continues to grow, we are looking for an experienced Executive Assistant (5 years+) to join us. Excellent organisation skills essential! This is a full-time, mid-career position and not suitable for recent graduates. Also, as noted below, broad life experiences gained whilst taking a career break for any reason will be valued as such. We look forward to hearing from dynamic candidates who are seeking to have a real and positive impact on the business and on the industry. Email CV to




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(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!)


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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.


On #PropertyMatters this week I sit down (virtually!) with Paul McKenna, CEO of Mac-Group  the specialist construction, interiors and modular contractors based in Dublin, Newry and Birmingham. Topics discussed include the early days of the business, the importance of team, the value of experience to hone sector expertise, and what lessons the Irish Government can learn from the UK and other country’s handling of the construction industry during the pandemic.  


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  • Pubs to become working hubs under rural Ireland plan: A Government plan to reinvigorate rural Ireland aims to breathe new life into dying towns and villages by transforming disused derelict buildings and pubs into remote working hubs.



  • We must think local for a sustainable future: A balanced Covid-19 recovery is unattainable without investment in our towns and villages







*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*






  • Phased reopening of construction is ‘own-goal’ – CIF: The Construction Industry Federation has said it is “deeply disappointed” by the Government’s new plan for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions




  • Subdued prognosis in latest Linesight industry update: The latest edition of the specialist consultancy firm’s annual handbook looks at the impact of the lockdowns on the construction industry









  • Construction Information Services round-up | High Park on Grace Park Road in Drumcondra, Dublin 9: the €22 million apartment development has planning permission for 101 apartments in three blocks:Tenders invited for €22m infill build in Drumcondra, D9




















  • North West Aluminium Appoints New Commercial Project Manager








  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2021 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 * 









  • The Importance of Digitization in Construction Project Management
















































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From 2020, the publishers and I wanted to ensure the content remains topical and we are now doing this by crowd-sourcing home buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. 


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