Sunday Property Round-Up February 7th, 2021

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


A personal note before we get started today – It has been a challenging 11 months for everyone so I am genuinely grateful for all of the industry and client support that has allowed Property District to grow our team over this period. Everyday, we have the opportunity to work strategically with communities and with people from some of the best private sector and public sector organisations in the industry. This is not just luck, we truly value and nurture these relationships. But not all organisations are a good fit. Company culture is not simply a buzzword, it is a very real feature of Property District. It is shorthand for passion, talent and innovation, underpinned by our values of integrity, creative and moral courage, and mutual respect. We will not collaborate or work with any organisations that do not share these values and we absolutely will not tolerate any unprofessional, demeaning or downright rude behaviour towards any of our team members. We were reminded of this stance earlier this week. So, with all collaborative project meetings happening over video-chat, I believe the following is important reading and I advise organisations to discuss online etiquette and perhaps share this with all new and middle-managers (leaders already understand this):


How Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Give Feedback: Turn your feedback from harmful to helpful, and bring out the best in your people:


Now, back to business… 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: 





  • Plan to convert 4,000 empty spaces above Dublin shops into housing: A policy to promote ‘living above the shop’ will be included in the final draft of the 2022-2028 development plan









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 #PropertyMatters this week: Sean Murphy, Personal Loan Advisor with; Thomas Campbell, Managing Director of TA; Iain Thompson, Managing Director of Office App and Ikenna Nweke, Head of Sales UK and Ireland at Office App

Produced by Katie Tallon, Hear Me Roar Media


Watch part 1 – property: Sean Murphy



Watch part 2 – construction: Thomas Campbell



Watch part 3 – proptech: Office App



*Listen back to all shows at:

Email the Property Matters team at







  • Retired couple challenge planning approval for Clontarf apartments















*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*

































  • Developer appeals council decision on Foxhunter site:  A DEVELOPER has lodged an appeal against South Dublin County Council’s decision to refuse permission for the construction of a 20-storey apartment block, two three-storey apartment blocks one and four-storey apartment block, at the car park adjacent to the vacant Foxhunter pub in Lucan.

















  • 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 * 


  • Ireland-based audio key inventor wins US patent: The patent process took more than five years to complete and comes when Standard Access is expanding out of Europe and into the North American marketplace with its operating system for smart buildings






  • 7 Ways PropTech is Changing Real Estate –



  • How a pandemic allowed proptech ‘to shine’ – Business – Construction Week Online


  • Homeowners with smart home tech less likely to make large insurance claims – PropertyWire






  • Finnish Proptech CHAOS Raises €1.5 Million Through New Investment Round Led By Swedish Investment Firm Nidoco

























































Crowd-sourcing answers topical property questions:    

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. 


Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:




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