Sunday Property Round-Up August 27th 2023

Weekly 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: 













*Reminder that the Property District offices in Dublin and Galway will close on Wednesdays for July and August as we let our creative talent run wild – you are welcome  to join us for #WildWednesday, details here: 


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!)



We are excited to share the growth of iPropertyRadio! What started as #PropertyMatters, a 60-minute weekly show on Dublin South FM 93.9FM over 4 years ago, has now evolved into a global online station for the best construction, urban planning, property and proptech content. Check out our website,, brought to you by Hear Me Roar Media for live and recorded access to all the week’s built environment news. 

Do you want to have your industry podcast included or be a guest on our shows? Reach out to us at Last year, we hit a massive 7.5 million digital impressions across our brands and this figure is growing – in June 2023, for the first time since we emerged from the pandemic lockdown, monthly ORGANIC digital impressions across Property District’s owned construction and real estate brands exceeded one million (*1,009,883*) – up from a monthly average of 765,876 in Q1! Huge thanks to all of you for your continued support!


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This week on iPropertyRadio… 


#Property Roundup


On #PropertyRoundup host Carol Tallon chats to Setanta Landers, Partner at Setanta Solicitors. Setanta joins Carol to discuss the “Locals Only” Rule and the Sustainable Rural Housing guidelines established in 2005. 

This rule prioritises local residents in rural construction projects to protect rural culture and integrity. Its potentially discriminatory nature has been criticised, with the European Union highlighting legal concerns reminiscent of the 2013 ‘Flemish Decree’ case in Belgium. The Court of Justice of the European Union found such rules restrictive, potentially infringing on EU Free Movement principles. While many Irish authorities maintain the rule, efforts to reconcile it with EU Law are ongoing, indicating a complex balance between local preservation and EU standards.


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This week on #BreakingGround host Carol Tallon talks to Stephen Barrett, Whole Life Carbon Project Lead at the Irish Green Building Council. Stephen joins us to discuss INDICATE Clinics and The Climate Action Plan (Action 198). 

Contact Stephen directly to join the next INDICATE clinic on August 23rd at 12:30pm. 


For more information, read Stephens article here-


*Breaking Ground is sponsored by PLACEengage – Your Virtual Town Hall, a data-driven platform for more successful public consultation and community engagement for your next development project* 


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  • 🚴 PLACEengage – Your Virtual Town Hall  is delighted to sponsor the ‘John Behan Memorial Cycle’ in  An Cheathru Rua, Connemara, 16th September 2023. I know we have lots of cycling enthusiasts in the industry so details of the planned routes (110 km and 65 km) and how to get involved are on the Club Rothaíochta Chonamara page 👉    Bígí linn!






  • Last historic lane on Cork street gated as part of student housing development – It’s understood that there will be public access to the lane in the day but that students will access their accommodation from the lane with a key fob at night




  • Opponents of new homeless facility in Limerick city say area is already at ‘saturation point’: Business owners and residents stress they fully support SVP’s work, but say ‘we are reaching a saturation point of social services in the Georgian Quarter’







  • Developers plan to mount legal challenge over land tax decision – Landowners seek advice over their inclusion on residential zoning maps: Landowners will be liable to pay a 3 per cent tax on the market value of their land from February 1, 2024 – In recent weeks, the retail group Hammerson, Dublin City University and the developers Ardstone, Michael O’Flynn, the Cosgraves, the Comer brothers and Cairn have lost appeals against decisions to have their sites included on the maps, which would oblige them to pay the tax. 













  • New €22m development at Cork hospital provides state-of-the-art operating theatres with plans for robotic surgery: The building contains two state-of-the-art operating theatres, one of which is a hybrid theatre.
























  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2023 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: * * and email product or service details to


  • The building site of the future… from design and production, right through to site management 5G, BIM, big data, automation, artificial intelligence, drones, offsite construction, green, VR, AR, XR… what are we missing?  🔗 


  • Proptech Ireland: Ireland’s CONSTRUCTION and REAL ESTATE ESG technologies resource hub. Confused about how and where to start on your ESG journey? Contact us 👉

































































Crowd-sourcing answers topical property questions:    

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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