Sunday Property Round-Up, April 5th 2020


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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: 






  • Pandemic presents chance to push EU for more flexibility on housing:
    The Land Development Agency has been hampered by political timidity and potential objections over state aid, but all that might soon change







  • How Covid-19 will change the way we work forever:  …where change isn’t forthcoming it will eventually be forced by fear as a result of an external threat. “It is very hard to unlearn something that has brought success in the past,” she said. “It is really hard to instigate change without fear or threat fuelling that change.”











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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!)




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 ( Seasoned political 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



Property Matters: March 31st, 2020 – IPAV, Savills and the e-conveyancing agenda 


IPAV CEO Pat Davitt and Savill’s Head of Research John McCartney join us remotely to discuss the likely impact of Covid-19 on Ireland’s property market performance in 2020 and what this means for new and second-hand home sales nationwide. Also, as the market is in a state of disruption, is this the right time to push the e-conveyancing agenda?


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Listen back: Have you been affected by changes to the property market? | Newstalk

The property market has slowed dramatically due to the coronavirus – how have been affected by all the changes and restrictions put in place? Were you planning to buy, sell or rent a home? Ciara chats to Carol Tallon, CEO Property District, and hears from listeners.












  • Public Space and Public Life are more important than ever – Gehl #placemaking

    “Now is a great time to plan ahead. Public, accessible spaces for all is not a ‘nice to have’, but a need for any global city and community to ensure social, cultural, environmental and economical resilience. We need to monitor what is happening right now and learn from the fundamental change of behaviors and mobility patterns, the environmental improvements and hard impact to local community businesses to improve the way we plan for sociability, health and wellbeing.”



  • Video: This street are doing daily group dances – while social distancing





*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*








  • In The Sunday Times today – Developers plough ahead with new homes schemes: Alanna Homes, backed by veteran housebuilder Seamus Ross and his family, is in talks with planners about building almost 1,200 homes on a site in west Dublin — despite fears that the coronavirus outbreak will cause a recession that could hammer house prices.

    The building company has started a consultation with An Bord Pleanala about building 355 houses and 800 apartments on a site at Barnhill, near Clonsilla. Alanna has other housing schemes, at Hansfield and Newcastle in west Dublin and Longwood in Meath. On its website, the company said it was building about 400 homes a year and “growing rapidly”. Ross, the founder of Menolly Homes, was in talks in 2018 to float Alanna but no deal was completed…

    In the Business Post today: Sales of Irish Glass Bottle and other prime sites on hold, say developers: Major development land sales, including that of the 37-acre Ringsend plot, are being postponed due to Covid-19



  • Aviva pushes for more short-term lets in Dublin:  Insurer’s pension operation lodges plans to build six-storey complex near St Stephen’s Green


  • Wetherspoons is warned over Dublin city centre pub modifications:  Dublin City Council says changes were made to the protected structure on Abbey Street without permission and some features will have to be reinstated | Business Post


  • Construction to start in July on Liberties student accommodation:   Joint development to be ready for 2022/2023 academic year


  • Hollywood favourite Bray Head Hotel on sale through Lisney for €3m: The seafront property has planning for the development of apartments and restaurants


  • Co Louth nursing home site with planning permission for €1.75m: The site, close to Drogheda, is part of a development of 200 residential homes currently under construction



  • Coronavirus spurs immediate changes to planning process:

    The Government has agreed to immediate changes in the planning application process necessitated by the Covid-19 emergency.

    In an incorporeal meeting of Cabinet (by teleconference) on Sunday, the Government approved a request by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to extend the period of public participation in planning applications by three weeks. The move is designed to prevent the planning and development processes from shutting down immediately because of the outbreak.



  • National Children’s Hospital board takes builder to court: High Court action over dispute with BAM being taken ‘to defend the public purse’









  • Site work has started on major north Kildare housing development: Site work has begun at a major construction site in Celbridge and show houses may be ready for viewing later this year, subject to the coronavirus lockdown.

    In April 2019, Bord Pleanala  granted planning permission for 271 residences off the Shackleton or Clane road in Celbridge.

    O’Flynn Construction has permission for 167 houses and 84 apartments by the board after its inspector had recommended with conditions













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  • Covid-19 crisis to wipe out Q1 housing market recovery: The housing market was making a recovery in the first quarter of 2020 after a lull sparked by Brexit, but its progress has been swept away by the Covid-19 crisis, according to the latest quarterly report by property site

    The report by Myhome, owned by The Irish Times DAC, found that across the State the average asking price of €273,000 rose by 1.9 per cent in the first three months of the year, when compared to the three months at the end of 2019.








  • Liz O’Kane: Playing the long game: In these uniquely testing times, it pays to have manners and conduct your business with some class


  • Commercial landlords gear up for rent clashes with tenants: Second quarter rent unpaid by many retailers due to the Covid-19 crisis


  • Business Post: WeWork likely to seek review of rental terms at former Central Bank building: Embattled office space company wants new deals across the globe after failed $65bn flotation






























































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