Sunday Property Round-Up, December 23rd 2018

Unsurprisingly, industry news across all broadsheets today is light. The commentary about the much-reported on eviction in Roscommon last weekend ranges from the idealistic to the insensitive so I am not repeating any of it here, you can read the facts, as reported, below.


If you missed last week’s Sunday Property Round-Up, which was full of industry and tech/innovation news, you can catch up here:


Before we get started, I want to draw your attention to the following:





  • And, just because it’s Christmas, ‘Home Alone’ with Google Assistant!



As always, you might let me know if I have missed out on any relevant property news by emailing  Merry Christmas and enjoy the break, I will be bringing you the final Sunday Property Round-Up of 2018 next week, be sure to let me know if there is something you would like me to cover.


(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!)



Sunday Read


*Exciting news and 2019 plan to speed up the delivery of new homes in Ireland (to start with!):

Augmented Reality PropTech to Overcome Planning Objections Wins DCU Ryan Academy Pitch Competition – Construction Network Ireland


PLACEengage: The future of speedy, successful placemaking for property developers is here – LAUNCHING JANUARY 2019!





 Public Consultation and Community Engagement


  • Colin Coyle, in The Sunday Times, reports that an environmentalist, together with local residents in Doonbeg, is taking legal action to oppose plans for a €40 million redevelopment of Donald Trump’s golf resort in County Clare.





Other Property News


  • Wayne O’Connor has an article in the Sunday Independent today on the massive increase in coffee shops, reporting that they are replacing main street stores. He is quoting economist Jim Power, who has warned of “an exodus from Irish main streets in 2019, with traditional shopping spots to become saturated with an unsustainable number of coffee shops and restaurants”.


  • In the business section of the Sunday Independent, Fearghal O’Connor reports that Sisk is to buy a 50% holding in the facilities management division of Designer Group as part of a joint venture.


  • Head of Offices at Knight Frank, Declan O’Reilly writes that ‘global tech giants dominate investment in Dublin office market in 2018’. He confirms that “around 1.3million sq.ft. has signed in the final quarter of the year so far, putting the total volume of take-up in the office market for 2018 to date at 3.5 million sq.ft.”. He goes on to say that he expects Dublin 8 to be increasingly attractive as an office location in 2019.


  • In The Sunday Times, Gavin Daly reports that Paddy McKillen Jr. and Matt Ryan’s Oakmont has agreed the sale of the Lennox building and a development site at Fumbally Lane for more than €35 million.


  • In The Sunday Business Post today, Collette Sexton reports that more than €35 million is to be invested in a new, city centre, campus for UL. Also, the State is to step in with €10 million to fund the long-halted events centre in Cork city.


  • Jack Horgan-Jones reports that “Glenveagh Properties has been forced to admit defeat” in the ongoing High Court case against Johnny Ronan over lands in Foxrock.


  • According to the same journalist, it looks like Hines is the winner of the most sought-after Dublin development site of 2018, Player Square.


  • In the business section of the SBP, Greg Hayden, MD of one of Ireland’s most innovative M&E organisations, Ethos Engineering, is profiled about his successes to date and the company’s big plans for the next few years.


  • Also, Remax’s Lorraine Mulligan talks about the need for investing in technology. She is the latest estate agent to extol the virtues of Beagel Bid’s online bidding system saying “people like it because it’s transparent…Buyers know where they stand whereas before they had to rely on hearsay about bids they had no way of substantiating”. Last year online bidding was best practice, but this truly is becoming an estate agency industry standard at this stage.















  • Landlord to pay mother €7k after landlord refused to accept rent supplement money













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