Sunday Property Round-Up December 12th, 2021

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



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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: 





  • €250,000 overcharged rent has been returned to tenants by landlords after an investigation by the RTB. And the RTB, in a landmark move, has also begun to name and shame rogue landlords who breach rules on rent increases,











  • Analysis: Will increased supply rein in house prices? Canada has tried to solve housing affordability problems with more supply. The supply came, the promised drop in house prices did not materialise














  • 5 Ways Cryptocurrency Will Change the World of Commercial Real Estate: Cryptocurrency has infiltrated just about every industry on the planet, including commercial real estate, and that’s a good thing.




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 and podcast, which launched in January 2019 on Dublin South FM 93.9 and is now available internationally via iTunes and Spotify podcast (, returned last month for a fourth season. The team delivers 60 minutes of industry chat weekly with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech.


Season 4, Episode 12: Property Matters, December 7th – John Moran – Placemaking & Local Government Reform

This week we chat to John A Moran of #LiveableLimerick and former Chair of the LDA to discuss placemaking, local government reform and what lessons from the financial crisis might be applied to Ireland’s current housing crisis

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Also, om Newstalk:  

Home-buyers got almost €210m from ‘bank of mum and dad’ in first half of 2021 | Property District CEO Carol Tallon told Newstalk Breakfast that some people are paying back the money they get from their parents.









  • New park in Cork city to open to the public from Monday: The new park features expanses of green space, water features, lighting, seating, new pathways, bridges. and upgraded public parking near Shandon Boat Club.




  • Details of preferred route corridor for Athlone – Galway Greenway emerge






*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* 






  • This Working Life: LES construction course helping trainees build a future – A new community course is addressing the chronic staff shortage in the construction sector – and giving participants a career along the way
























  • ESG revolution is driving sustainable growth at i3PT – Environmental, Social and Governance criteria are becoming prerequisites for investment and i3PT is advising some of the world’s biggest companies on how best to meet their targets.




  • Courtroom drama of family ties, broken trust, blank cheques and a ‘phoenix company’: The case of cousins Alan and Frank Hynes who are accused of fraudulent and reckless trading heard allegations of ‘extraordinary’ spending, a ‘sham company’, ‘forged’ financial documents, ‘bogus’ loans and a ‘witch-hunt’






  • 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 * 



























































  • The year in review (Lisney): Irish real estate back in rude health for 2022 – Lockdowns and restrictions have slowed growth for two years, but market turnover reached €3 billion by the end of Q3 and is set to comfortably reach €4.5 billion by the end of the year

































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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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