Sunday Property Round-Up, February 23rd 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 a few 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 (& 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 ( Seasoned political broadcaster, Bryan Fox, and I (Carol Tallon) team up to deliver 60 minutes of industry chat with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech. Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media


*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:



On Property Matters this week,  hosts Carol Tallon and Bryan Fox are joined in studio by Houssem Jerbi, CEO of Smart PMO, and Padraig Neylon, CEO of +AddJust to talk about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can de-risk/improve performances across the construction industry and the importance of smart contracts to digitise workflows within construction projects. 


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  • Delighted to see  augmented reality being used for  placemaking – it really is the best way to bring proposed developments to life for all stakeholders!
    Well done IPUT Real Estate Dublin and everyone involved in this innovative public consultation and community engagement project.





*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*








  • One of the lead industry stories in the Suday Independent today reads ‘Housebuilders fear damage of ongoing political vacuum’: Concern is growing in the housebuilding sector that a long delay in forming a government will have a serious impact on housing supply, according to key industry figures….

    “I am selling a development of three-bed homes in Enniscorthy for €210,000 each and purchasers are not showing up,” he said. “That is because my potential customers are on the Wexford housing list and cannot get mortgage approval.” Neville, a former chairman of the Irish Housebuilders Association (IHBA)

    Also Construction Industry Federation (CIF) director general Tom Parlon expressed similar concerns when contacted by this newspaper: “There’s a lot of concern around uncertainty across the construction and property industries,” he said. “You can measure risk, but you can’t measure uncertainty, particularly the sort of political uncertainty we’re going to face over the coming month.” Parlon continued: “I’m afraid that housing will probably be the rock that the next Government crashes on also. I do not see enough coordination and collaboration between the industry and the myriad bodies of the state and local government that’s required to deliver a quantum shift in housing output”.




  • High Court overturns permission for height increase in Dublin apartments:  The High Court has overturned, on consent, An Bord Pleanála’s permission for increased height of two blocks of apartments in a development of 500 apartments/co-living spaces in the north Dublin docklands.

    Dublin City Council had opposed the height increases from seven to 13 storeys in relation to one block and from seven to 11 for the second.

    The matter will now go back to the Board for reconsideration, Mr Justice Denis McDonald directed on Thursday.

    That reconsideration has to be completed within six weeks of the date of perfection of the High Court orders.

    Dublin City Council had taken proceedings against An Bord Pleanála over the board’s December 2019 decision to permit height increase in the development, being carried out by a company of developer Johnny Ronan.

    The case concerned Spencer Place Development Company’s plan for more than 500 apartments/co-living spaces and commercial units in the North Lotts/Grand Canal strategic development zone (SDZ) of the north Dublin docklands.


























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  • Also in the Business Post: Why the future of excellence in construction is digital:  From design to completion, data helps us understand the precise workings of a project and ensures we‘re working in the most efficient and safe way, writes Karol Friel, sales manager, Topcon Positioning Ireland


  • Maps for all territories:  Digital mapping has transformed all our lives in the last decade, but GIS offers the construction sector digital tools that can revolutionise the site and beyond.


  • Developers ‘need data as much as land’ to hit housebuilding targets



  • Q&A: Importance of data privacy in the age of PropTech (Includes interview)















  • New Sinn Fein TD sought Fianna Fail minister’s help after building €1m home without planning permission:  A newly-elected Sinn Fein TD built a €1m home without planning permission — before seeking help from a Fianna Fail minister to be allowed to keep it.

    North Kildare TD Reada Cronin — then known by her married name Reada Quinn — finished the home in 2002 with her solicitor husband Donal.






















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