Sunday Property Round-Up February 13th, 2022


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: 
















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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!)






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 5, Episode 5: Property Matters, February 8th, 2022 

“We live in communities; our research indicates that employees want to work in them too,” Damien Kilgannon, Real Estate Director at Fine Grain Property


Part 1:  Bryan Fox interviews Marion Cashman, Architect and Vice-Chairperson of the Dublin Democratic Planning Alliance, which is an alliance supported by more than 65 neighbourhood associations, communities and individuals across the Dublin area, with the shared aim of promoting housing and development that meets the needs of society i.e. development that is sustainable and driven by social needs and demands with the participation of the citizen. 

Part 2: Damien Kilgannon, Real Estate Director at Fine Grain Property talks to Carol Tallon about the ESG ambitions of the company, including tenant and community engagement mission  – friends, facilities, futures. He also talks about the results of their most recent survey on the future of the workplace, which found that 78% of office workers in Ireland want to work in dedicated office spaces at least some of the time. More than half (51%) of the workforce would split the working week between home and the office, if given the choice, and 27% would prefer to be entirely office-based.


Other findings: Half (49%) of the companies polled by Fine Grain Property expect the size of their workforce to grow in the next five years, 42% expect it to stay the same and just 8% say numbers employed will fall. The research also suggests that workers have missed so-called ‘water cooler moments’ – serendipitous occasions in which staff interact socially at work – while working from home. Ninety per cent of employees say the social aspect of the office is the best thing about returning to the workplace. Getting out of the house (78%), having a dedicated workspace (66%) and collaboration time (62%) also scored highly.

Younger workers are more likely to welcome a return to the office. Half (48%) of staff aged under 35 are pleased about returning to the office, versus 38% of workers in general; 32% of under 35s are disappointed, versus 42% of those aged 35 to 44.

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  • The long and winding road to solving Cork’s dereliction blight : Walk around Cork city and it’s easy to see the derelict sites and buildings. But why are these very public eyesores so difficult to clean up? Who is responsible? Is enough being done?














*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* 
















































  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2022 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: * * 


  • The team at Proptech Ireland is updating the list of ESG, smart buildings and climate   technologies and providers in Ireland, for sharing with the industry – email product or service details to  



















































































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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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