Sunday Property Round-Up December 6th, 2020

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


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: 



















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 (& 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 ( The team delivers 60 minutes of industry chat weekly with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech. 


On Property Matters this week, Director of Communications with the Construction Industry Federation, Shane Dempsey, co-hosts a Construction Innovation Special with Carol Tallon, Proptech Ireland. Our expert guests this week are:


  • PJ Rudden, Managing Director of Aengus Consulting and Chair of Construction Innovation and Digital Adoption (Ireland)


  • Mark Farmer, Founding Director & CEO at Cast Consultancy and Co-Chair of Constructing Excellence (UK)


Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media

*Listen back:

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  • Donabate community council to meet with Housing Minister:  The community council in Donabate and Portrane has secured a meeting with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien to voice concerns over planning policy.

















*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*






  • Construction information services round-up | Business Post ( image above)


  • Developer interest in commuter belt is starting to gain ground: With a possible Covid-19 vaccine on the horizon, investors are risking a flutter on the possibility of rising demand in the coming months







  • Work starts on 101 apartments at Dalkey’s Castle Park site: The four-storey, crescent-shaped apartment complex on the woodland site will have two-bed, one-bed and studio apartments all with balcony or terrace










  • Green light for mixed use development in Knocknacarra, despite residents’ concerns:  A controversial plan for a mixed use development at a brownfield site in Knocknacarra has been given the thumbs up by An Bord Pleanála.The project, which includes a restaurant and bar, is led by Highcross Developments Limited and had been the subject of an appeal by a residents’ association




  • An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for 4,850 homes in Co. Kildare through the strategic housing development mechanism.





  • Townmore: Long-Awaited School Build Brings Opportunities for Local Construction Industry




  • New housing estate to be constructed in Tipperary











  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2020 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 *  


  • LexTech taking the pain out of contracts for construction: Legal technology is assisting the construction industry to manage their contracts, manage claims and ensure that contract administration is satisfied


  • Construction revealed amongst the least-prepared sectors – 87% believe they are not well equipped: Expleo survey reveals one third of businesses in Ireland won’t exist by 2025 without digital transformation



  • Real estate sectors are not in danger of becoming obsolete: ‘A consistent feature of the property market has been its willingness to adapt and evolve’




  • Elite panel chosen to discuss future construction trends


  • Digital misuse in construction is cause for concern: Don’t lose yourself in digital construction and forget to look at the bigger picture


  • Construction’s contribution to Europe’s smart infrastructure: Sector is to the fore for ‘Industry 4.0’









  • PlaceTech | Russian proptech VC launches: The Trinfico Investment Group together with PropTech Russia have agreed to create a venture capital company, called Proton Capital, aimed at attracting investments in technologies that ensure the innovative development of the real estate sector in Russia.



















  • Crowded house: 11 people living in flat during pandemic – RTÉ Investigates went undercover to look at the harsh reality for tenants living in overcrowded conditions during Covid.






Image by Visual Lab



  • Darragh O’Brien Hopeful Non-Essential Retail Will Stay Open In January





















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Irish Property Buyers Handbook annuals


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 want to ensure the content remains topical and we are doing this by crowd-sourcing home buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. 


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