Sunday Property Round-Up August 1st, 2021



Weekly Irish property market news and insights – for the industry, by the industry  



*Calling all Irish construction SMEs, please sign up with the Government-appointed CSG Innovation & Digital Adoption body, which will be resourcing firms to identify and overcome challenges to critical digitization. Link here: 


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: 
















  • Public Consultation on the Draft Guidance for Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings










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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 last week I was joined by Senator John Cummins, Fine Gael Spokesperson on Housing, Heritage and Local Government to discuss the Affordable Housing Bill, including cost rental, and other State measures to tackle the delivery of vital new homes across Ireland.


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  • Thousands of new homes and jobs: How Cork will grow to balance Dublin: Billions in Government funding will be injected into housing and transport plans for the city, a move which is designed to create thousands of new jobs and homes and transform #Cork








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  • Construction bounced back in the second quarter of the year with the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, according to the Central Statistics Office. The completion of houses and apartments is now running at a higher rate than the same period two years ago.





  • Fixing Celtic Tiger-era building issues ‘to cost at least €365 million’: Construction Defects Alliance says sum ‘tip of iceberg’ and may be closer to €1bn






  • Kavanagh faces legal battle to hold onto firm after subcontractor seeks to wind up company: Bigstone General Building petitions High Court to wind up developer’s Sequana Assets over alleged outstanding debt of around €130,000














  • Permission Sought For Construction Of Development Including 158-Bed Hotel In Cork City









  • County Council urged to impose derelict site levies to tackle eyesores across Galway











  • 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 * 







  • Moorfield Group and Elkstone Partners have become the latest limited partners to join Pi Labs’ third institutional fund, Fund III.






















  • Clare County Council seeks review of 90% mica redress cap despite state opposition: Department of Housing has said it is ‘satisfied that the current scheme will work on a 90/10 basis for the majority of homeowners’


























  • Slattery’s in Rathmines changes hands for almost €3m: Off-market sale shows strong demand for prime Dublin pub assets despite lockdown














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Irish Property Buyers Handbook annuals

As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) was rebranded in 2018 and now appears as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here:


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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