Sunday Property Round-Up, December 30th 2018 


Good afternoon folks, I hope you are all enjoying  the Christmas break. This is the final Sunday Property Round-Up of 2018 so I had endeavoured to get a good mix of national and international commentary from online and traditional industry news sources. Unsurprisingly, industry news across all broadsheets today is relatively light. The Irish Examiner has definitely been the publication of note for the best industry coverage this week.

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


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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!)



Sunday Read


House of cards – Surveyors Journal ‘Certain aspects of the Construction Contracts Act 2013 need to be treated with caution.’



 Public Consultation and Community Engagement




  • Opposition to Metrolink plan for south Dublin continues





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Other Property News






  • The Sunday Independent is the broadsheet of choice today for housing commentary from both Conor Skehan and Ronan Lyons, who claim that the supply of three-bed semis will meet and exceed demand in the New Year, for the first time in years. To me, this appears to have been a numbers-only exercise as there is nowhere close to this in launch phase (in pre-commencement planning maybe) around the Greater Dublin Area. *As always, home-hunters can share their experiences with the Buyers Broker research team and I will report it.*


  • The lead business story in the Independent today, by Michael Cogley, reports that “analysts tip homebuilders’ shares for a 2019 rebound”, referring to Glenveagh and Cairn Homes (both suffered losses in 2018).


  • Also, Fearghal O’Connor reports that Kategale Ltd has applied for planning for 200 homes at Northwood in Santry.


  • In The Sunday Times today, Mark Tighe reports that the Law Society “has moved ahead with plans to develop a disused site it bought for €20m in 2006 after being hit by a vacant site levy that will cost it €300,000 next month”.


  • In The Sunday Business Post, Elaine O’Regan writes about Kieran Beggan and George Harold’s venture, Integrated Facilities Solutions (IFS), which offers a digital alternative to asset management for the entire life cycle of a building.














  • Housing crisis ‘putting sex workers at risk’












  • Flyaway Homes Uses Shipping Containers for the Homeless





  • UK property market feels Brexit gloom but top-end buyers unruffled





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Crowd-sourcing:   New Facebook Group for Irish Property Buyers & Investors


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