Sunday Property Round-Up, August 4th, 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: 


  • Co-living is the biggest and most controversial story of the week: ‘Dún Laoghaire co-living scheme gets green light’ (image above) Also, this is the subject matter of a few opinion pieces across the broadsheets today.  Cathal MacCoille writes ‘Affluent, single and ready to mingle? Co-Living is for you: No couples, families or introverts need apply for tiny quarters in Bartra’s new Dun Laoghaire co-living complex – and nurses, gardai and teachers couldn’t afford them’. And in The Sunday Times, Brenda Power sums it up nicely: ‘Co-living won’t make society go to the dogs’. 









  • Construction crumbles as companies hold off investment pre-Brexit








  • Why you need to do environmental due diligence before buying a property













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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.



This week we hosted a co-living special:

Featuring news of Bartra Capital’s Dun Laoghaire project and an interview with Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

We were also joined on air by Ed Burke, founder of RooMigo; Anil Khera, founder of Node; and recently successful tenant (Dublin via Paris) Claire-Maya Chawaf


Listen back to this week’s episode here:–July-30th–2019-e4q3f7



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  • Ballymore is coming home! As one of Ireland’s most prolific developers, the Ballymore team took pride in announcing that planning permission for 82 new homes and a riverside walk has been granted for their site in Ballymore, County Kildare (at the company’s former office, above). 



  • ‘We’re all Nimbys to a degree but some are better at how they put it’ writes Eilis O’Hanlon in the Sunday Independent. She is referring to the on-going controversy over the vacant Mount Anville Road plot that had been earmarked for traveller accommodation, which has been robustly opposed by Minister Josepha Madigan. It looks like this site will now be acquired by a private developer for an estimated €15 million.









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  • In the Sunday Independent today, Michael Cogley reports that a working group made up of key stakeholders (including Depts. of Housing, Finance, Tourism, the Attorney General, An Bord Pleanala and Dublin City Council) has recommended that a levy be imposed on companies like Airbnb and to fund the regulation of the short-term lettings sector.



  • The same journalist reports that the volume of active construction sites across Dublin city has “plummeted by almost 40%” over the past 12 months.



  • Green Reit is apparently looking to include a cinema on its One Molesworth Street development, next to the Ivy hotel.



  • Also in the Independent today, Conall MacCoille has an interesting opinion piece headed: ‘No easy answers for the housing market as supply crunch looms’. He maintains that the Centrals Bank’s lending rules of 3.5 times salary need to stay. He also points out that rent controls are not the answer [I disagree slightly here, I believe that they are a necessary part of the solution – but only one part]. 



  • Wayne O’Connor reports that Tipperary County Council looks set to reject Pater Casey’s offer to acquire the homes rejected by traveller families during the presidential race controversy.



  • The Sunday Times has an in-depth feature on the Arden Forestry Management/eco land investment saga on page 5 of the Business section.



  • Gavin Daly in the Times today reports that Avestus Capital Partners and Ares Management are planning to develop 575 apartments on John Fleming’s former site on Carmanhall Road in Sandyford for the BTR sector; also, Larry Goodman has raised his stake in Green Reit to just over 5%, ahead of potential sale.



  • Also in The Sunday Times, Brian Carey reports that Alansi Capital is to buy the Meyrick and G Hotel in Galway for €40 million plus.



  • The lead story in The Sunday Business Post today reveals that ‘Government rejected advice to make Airbnb enforce rental rules’. Instead, this has been left up to local councils to enforce.



  • Following on from that story, only a fraction of the landlords who have rented out properties on Airbnb and other “home-sharing” websites have registered them under the Government’s new short-term letting rules, according to The Irish Times this week. Figures obtained from local authorities in rent pressure zones – in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick where the housing crisis is at its worst – show few people have registered their properties despite the regulations coming into effect on July 1st. Dublin City Council received only 110 registrations in stark contrast with the 6,228 active rentals in Dublin on Airbnb. Galway City Council has received eight registrations, Limerick City Council received just two notifications and Cork County Council received two (full story here: Only a fraction of Airbnb landlords register under new letting rules 



  • Planning rules to tighten for one-off rural housing needs’, writes Michael Brennan in The Sunday Business Post today. These new guidelines – initially for Leinster – have been published by the Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly a continuation of the local development trends and the course set out by the National Development Plan.  



  • Killian Woods reports that Nijinsky Property Limited (Comer brothers) has been issued with a warning about unauthorised construction regarding stables at the former Kilternan hotel and golf resort in South Dublin (racehorse centre of excellence). 



  • The same journalist reports that the shelved Dart Underground project has delayed development plans for the O’Callaghan hotel group.



  • Also in The Sunday Business Post via Construction Information Services (CIS): Pyrmont Property Development has secured planning for 196 BTR apartments at Cookstown Way, Tallaght;  Marlet Property Group has lodged plans for an €84 million mixed-use development at Grand Canal Harbour; Hunt Capital has sought planning for 104 apartments at Johnstown, Navan, County Meath; plans have been approved for the €14 million redevelopment of Galway Racecourse. 





































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