Sunday Property Round-Up, August 25th, 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: 



  • Important News for Residential Letting Agents in Ireland – This is an important ruling for many reasons, estate and letting agents cannot ignore it. In practice, I robustly disagree that insisting on references from potential tenants is contrary to human rights and it will likely pose many challenges for letting agents, who are engaged ostensibly to find the best possible tenants for their landlord clients: 
















  • SCSI concerned Help-to-Buy scheme not addressing the high costs of construction in Ireland – #Budget2020 Submission  or read the full submission here: 

























  • Study reveals desire for more unconventional properties – PropertyWire










  • ‪Related: Anyone with an interest in Dublin’s office market won’t want to miss the next Bisnow Europe event at  Dublin Airport Central with U+i, Hubspot, Turner & Townsend, Trinity College Dublin, Equiem, Kellogg’s, Coady Architects and mac-group:‬




  • Also, for anyone with an interest in the future of digital planning and digital construction, the next CitA #TechTrend talk is taking place on Wednesday the 28th at the Bank Of Ireland Work Bench at Grand Canal: ‘Emerging Technologies Transforming Urban Planning’, featuring:  

– Hrishikesh Ballal – Geodesignhub
– Nicholas Polley –  3D Design Bureau
– Stuart Doherty – Ordnance Survey Ireland

         Attendance is free but booking essential: 





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!)



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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 ( 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.


Sustainable apartment living for Ireland summary

A new report on sustainable apartment living in Ireland was launched recently by the Housing Agency and Clúid Housing. Apartment living in Ireland has increased over the last few years and, according to the report, the number of apartments in Ireland has increased by 85% between 2002 and 2016.


We were joined in studio to discuss the report findings and proposed reforms by:

  • David Rouse, Housing Agency
  • Fiona Dunkin, Cluid Housing
  • Paul Mooney, Report Author
  • Des McCabe, Apartment Owners Network


You can link to the full report here:



Listen back to this episode here:–August-20th-2019—Owners-Management-Companies-Special-e52n9i



*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:


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  • In the Sunday Independent today, Joe O’Reilly (Chartered Land & Suirside Developments) becomes the latest Irish developer to enter a co-living consultation with An Bord Pleanala (re: 28 units to alongside the 408 BTR apartments on Parkgate Street in Dublin 8).   This is also covered by The Sunday Times today.



















  • In The Sunday Business Post today, Roisin Burke reports that Bulloch Harbour locals (led by Pat Kenny) have now lodged legal proceedings to have the planning decision in favour of Richard Barrett/Bartra’s proposed development examined by the courts.   I have no doubt that we will return to this over the coming weeks and months.






  • Colm McCarthy has an opinion piece in the Sunday Independent today, ‘We must make sure what the Government builds is proved to be worth public money’. He is calling for “an effective system of cost-benefit analysis” for major projects on foot of two recent, high-profile, capital programme overruns (National Children’s Hospital and the National Broadband Plan). He objects to “project champions [who] continue to mark their own homework” and goes on to say that “Since the demands on the public capital programme will always exceed the available resources, the selection of bad projects is not a victimless crime”.









  • Also in the Sunday independent today, Dan White has a feature on Ireland’s private rental sector. The most recent report shows that rents have risen an average of 6% nationwide over the past 12 months. Professor Ronan Lyons is quoted in the feature “…And things are not going to get any better any time soon…”. Rents in Ireland are now 35% above previous peak or pre-crash prices. 







  • One of the lead business stories in The Sunday Times today (by Gavin Daly) reports that Glenveagh Properties “aims to find an institutional buyer for 1,200 apartments” it is building in the Docklands. (More Glenveagh news below, including the departure of Justin Bickle).




  • Also in the Times, Sean Pollock looks at how Collen Construction will mitigate against possible shortages and delays caused by Brexit. 




  • The property supplement in The Sunday Times today has features on Sligo Town and, separately, a look back at 20 years of Grand Designs with Kevin McCloud. 






  • Also in The Sunday Business Post: Google plans sports facility add-on at Boland’s Mill site; Davy seeks to raise another €50 million to expand Dublin property portfolio; and Judge is Garrett Kelleher’s long-standing US case will enter judgement of $15.17m against Kelleher is settlement is not reached by the end of September.









































































































The Agile Agent is a 12-month digital transformation programme for independent Irish estate agents and auctioneers, which runs from September – August. This programme will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary Irish and UK team and will go beyond proptech adoption to help agents get their industry digital by default.









To get involved and for free Proptech Prompts, please









  • From smart design and planning right through to the smart property transaction, where does your Irish-led or Ireland-based #proptech 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 * 



  • Don’t miss CitA’s ‘Emerging Technologies Transforming Urban Planning’, on Wednesday morning at BOI Grand Canal – Attendance is free but booking essential: (image above)






  • Tesla to Launch Solar Roof Business in Europe Next Year











































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


From 2019, the publishers and I want to ensure the content remains topical and we are doing this by crowd-sourcing home buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:



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