Sunday Property Round-Up, August 18th, 2019



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: 



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  • Thanks to Orla Hegarty for sharing: “There are 27,000+ live Planning Permissions for new Dublin homes that aren’t currently being built. Planning isn’t the barrier to housing & never was”
    (source: Dublin Housing Supply Taskforce 4 local authorities, excl sites <10 units) ?Q1.2018?Q1.2019 (image below)





If you missed last week’s round-up, you can catch up here:



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!)






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.



On Property Matters this week, Emma Hayes, Head of PR & New Media at Property District and Bryan Fox are joined in the Property Matters studio by:


  • David Byrne, Director at Lisney
  • Fiachra Morrison, Strategic hypnotherapist and founder of the Dublin Hypnosis & Therapy Centre
  • Nick Polley, Managing Director of the 3D Design Bureau


Listen back here:–August-13th-2019-e4v90j



*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:


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Sean O’Connor, CEO of Tuath Housing; Suzanne Doyle, Castleguard resident; Joan Martin, Chief Executive Louth County Council; Fergus O’Dowd, TD; Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy; Cllr. Dolores Minogue; Eamon Gavigan, Chairman of the Tuath Housing board; Colin Maher, Castleguard resident





  • Michael Brennan, writing in The Sunday Business Post today, reports that the portal (initiated by Mayo County Council) has attracted over 3,000 contributions from people across all of Ireland, letting the 31 local authorities know about vacant homes locally. This has resulted in close to 300 homes being brought back into use for families. Mayo County Council’s director of services Tom Gilligan lists some of the schemes, incentives and resources available to owners of these vacant homes – check out the website and start tagging!


















  • Finally, thanks to for sharing their #coliving emerging sector research – lots of insights and learning in this report: Access report here: 












  • Myles Crofton of Avenue Homes has been refused permission to knock down the €47 million mansion ‘Renesca’ he built on the grounds of Chesterfield House during the boom years. The demolition was sought in order to build 33 apartments. 



*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 Independent today, Michael Cogley reports that Ballymore is in “consultation with An Bord Pleanala” to develop 478 apartments (including live/work) units on the Ratoath Road in Dublin 11.



  • Conor Skehan has an opinion piece in the Sunday Independent today: ‘Think big, spend big to secure our country’s economic future: We must have the confidence to spend on large capital projects to get us through the future lean years.’ He believes that now is the time to invest in key infrastructure like water, energy, transport and housing. This is one of those insightful pieces that might be referred to in policy circles but rarely acted upon and then, in  a decade’s time, some outlet or commentator will refer back to it and remark on what a shame it is we did not listen and take action (I think Colm McCarthy has some experience of this.) 




  • In The Sunday Times today, Valerie Flynn reports that Bartra has revised its previous planning for 100 co-living “micro apartments” at Rathmines – to make the unit sizes smaller! Under the new plans, the communal area has been increased. There is a longer co-living piece in the property section of the Times today, outlining the french model and how the Irish model (so far) falls short.



  • One of the lead stories in The Sunday Business Post today (by Killian Woods) reports that  Ireland Israel JV Fund Limited has requested flexibility to reduce co-living units in Harold’s Cross to 6 sqm (yes, 6sqm. That is not a typo and is making Bartra’s much-criticised 16 sqm look pretty generous!).



  • Also in the Times today, Gavin Daly reports on the developers planning large-scale BTR schemes in Dublin, including: Ballymore (478 in Dublin 11), Marlet (510 in Howth and 234 in Cabinteely), Tristan Capital Partners (484 in Cabra), Cosgrove (332 in Santry), Kennedy Wilson (232 in Stillorgan), Park Developments (192 in Dublin 18).



  • The same journalist reports that Ronan Group Real Estate has lodged new plans for the proposed block at Spencer Dock, to increase the scheme to 13 storeys.



  • In the business section of The Sunday Business Post today, there is an interesting feature on the impending closure of Harland and Wolff that is well worth a read. Also, Jill Kirby has a feature on equity loans, suggesting that “If there is a revival, expect them to be significantly different”. 





















































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