Sunday Property Round-Up February 28th, 2021


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!)


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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 this week, I am joined byGerard O’Toole, Director of Valuation & Professional Services at Tuohy O’Toole;Declan Leonard, Group Head of Project Delivery atPM Group;John Fahy, Director of andGavin Fitzgerald, Senior Associate Solicitor atLeman Solicitors/ Leman Real Estate

Topics for discussion include: Property market performance in the West of Ireland, remote working, use of augmented reality on construction sites and streamlining the conveyancing process to minimise delays. 


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Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media


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  • Dublin faces increased competition as a leading hub for data centres: Ireland’s leadership position in Europe as data centre location is due to its highly competitive pricing and scale of the companies operating here



























  • Fine Grain Property brings seasoned expert to board


  • CBRE Ireland appoints corporate finance guru |






  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2021 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 *


  • GOcharge electric vehicle charging solutions for housebuilders


  • Irish firm develops ‘geofencing’ app for quarantine compliance: Hubbcat’s app, already in use in the Bahamas, creates a virtual fence around a property and alerts authorities if it is breached
























  • If you missed the LIV Consult Bisnow Webinar on ‘Design for BTR Investment’, you can watch it back here – Discussion on all aspects of #BuildToRent design and investment in Ireland with Arlene van Bosch of U+I (U and I Group PLC), Michael Hussey of O’Mahony Pike Architects and Rob Henderson of F3GROUP, chaired by Carol Tallon of Property District:




















  • New Alternative Investment Funds rules being considered:  The Central Bank is considering new regulations to govern how the commercial property investment market is regulated here.










  • Pembroke property offers plenty of potential for €1.35m: Colliers Ireland is selling the Dublin 4 Victorian mixed-use building with vacant possession








  • A holistic office is a happy office: Facilities management, sustainability and environmental responsibility are all essential in running a successful work space, according to award-winning property consultants Cogent Associates






  • Property group that claimed it would raise €150m to build homes put into liquidation – British judge told Value Asset Management was suspected of misleading investors and misappropriating funds



  • Amazon plans new data center outside Paris, again: AWS returning to plans first mooted in 2019 in Essonne, northwest France






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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 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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