Sunday Property Round-Up, February 3rd, 2019

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

Before we get started, I just want to draw your attention to two news items that might be of particular interest:




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!)



Sunday Listen: #PropertyMatters radio show




Ireland’s first weekly property radio show, Property Matters, launched earlier this week on Dublin South FM 93.9 and is available internationally via iTunes podcast (@iPropertyRadio). Seasoned political journalist and broadcaster, Bryan Fox, and I (Carol Tallon) team up to deliver 60 minutes of industry chat with guests  from areas of planning, construction and property.

Guests this week included former RTE house-hunter Liz O’Kane from Hunter Estate Agents, coliving advocate Ed Burke from RooMigo and Gavin Gallagher from East Point Business Park and Proptech .TV.


Listen back to #PropertyMatters here: 


Next Week:

Our guests next Tuesday 6-7pm include Robbie Dillon, Head of Residential at Savills to talk about the upcoming Irish property showcase in London; Healy Hynes of Beagel .io to discuss how home buyers and sellers are transitioning to online bidding for private treaty sales right across Ireland; and we will have Karen Muldowney of Shapoorji Pallonji, international engineering and construction giant, to discuss issues facing the construction sector right now.



 Public Consultation and Community Engagement


  • Colm McCarthy has a characteristically sensible piece in the Sunday Independent today headed: ‘Time to face down our lack of common sense when planning to build new homes: Politicians complain about the housing crisis – yet battle against developments in their own back yards’. He doesn’t hold back, declaring that “It takes genuine chutzpah to blame builders, developers, the markets, Central Bank lending rules, or even local authority planners, for a problem more often the handiwork of elected public officials”.

This NIMBY approach is planning objections has become quite topical of late. In fact, Ivan Yates on Newstalk has been one of the most outspoken about this when other prominent Newstalk presenters are unable to comment for obvious – and hypocritical – reasons. Here is a link to a recent discussion on this:











*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*





Other Property News


  • According to a report in the Business section of the Sunday Independent today, CapitalFlow looks set to take on Linked Finance and target the professional landlord market as it seeks a retail credit licence – we will watch this space.



  • The Business interview in the Independent today is with Donagh O’Sullivan. The Cork man is CEO of London’s second largest homebuilders, Galliard Homes.


  • There is a New Homes special feature in the property section of the Sunday Independent today that will likely be of interest to would-be home buyers.


  • Colin Coyle, writing in The Sunday Times today, explains how the wife of former Irish Nationwide chief , Michael Fingleton, has “avoided a six-figure bill” after successfully petitioning to have a 3.5 acre site removed from the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown vacant site register.


  • In the business section of the Times, Niall Brady writes that Ulster Bank is changing its mortgage rules to allow “high-income house hunters” to borrow up to 4.5 times their annual income, rather than the Central Bank rule of 5 times income.


  • Philip Connolly, also in the Times today, reports that Development 8 is planning to build a large BTR scheme of 492 apartments on the Naas Road in Walkinstown.


  • U+I’s recently appointed development director for Ireland, Arlene van Bosch, is profiled on page 6 of the business section. She talks about the company’s plan to transform Dublin with “compact living spaces”.


  • Johnny Ronan is featured as one of the lead stories in The Sunday Business Post today. Michael Brennan and Roisin Burke report that Ronan is “seeking to exploit the abolition of the building height cap by applying to add one two more floors to his megatower in the Dublin Docklands”.


  • Also in the SBP today, Ian Guider writes that ‘SF loan book bill would kill mortgage market, say main banks’, which is pretty self-explanatory.



















  • Eoghan Murphy launches new state lender that aims to deliver 7,500 homes in five years













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


As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) was rebranded for 2018 and will now appear as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here.

For the first time, the 2019 edits will be crowd-sourced and will include home-buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:


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