Sunday Property Round-Up December 19th, 2021

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



WALL OF KINDNESS INITIATIVE: Earlier this month, Host in Ireland’s Garry Connolly shared a photo from Sweden showing a ‘Wall of Kindness’ – where people can leave a coat or take a coat, in order to help people withstand the winter weather. Inspired by this, Mascott Construction erected such a kindness wall using the outside of its hoarding at Cornmarket in Belfast City (pictured below). We are urging other construction companies with city centre based sites to do something similar over the Christmas period and help to keep people warm at this time of year.




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: 










  • Bord Pleanála was successfully challenged in 63% of cases:  There were 51 cases decided last year and the board lost 32. In 19 cases the High Court quashed the planning permission while in 13 cases the board admitted to defects in its decision-making process.













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.

Listen back to a selection of our shows this year at:  

Or watch…

CIF & Irish Home Builders Association:


Bartra’s Sally Anne Sherry:


Fergus Merriman:


Anya Martin of London Yimby:


John Moran –


Email the Property Matters team at 





  • Senior cycle students and schools have just a few weeks left to enter the CIF Build the Future – Schools Challenge,’ which can be entered via The deadline for entries is January 31, 2022.


















*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* 























  • ‘A real vote of confidence for Cork’: design work on event centre project has begun: It will be autumn next year before that design work is complete and there is still no indication of when construction work on the proposed 6,000 capacity venue on the city’s South Main St will start







  • Galway Harbour Company secures permission for changes at Ice House building

















  • 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 * 


  • Irish contech ConX has been bought by global platform Houzz, which specialises in home renovation and design and has 40 million users worldwide. ConX is a SaaS platform for homebuilders and speciality contractors in the construction industry.






























































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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 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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