Sunday Property Round-Up, January 20th, 2019

 Industry news across the broadsheets today is relatively light. The Sunday Independent publishes its annual Rich List for 2019, this might be of interest to more people than who care to admit it! 

If you missed last week’s Sunday Property Round-Up, which was full of industry and tech/innovation news, 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!)


Sunday Read – Property tax reform

  • ICYMI: After Minister Josepha Madigan said she wants Property Tax lowered for those in affluent areas, @CarolTallon gives @ciarakellydoc her ideas for what should be done about taxes on people’s property.
  • Is the current system best? Via Podcasts – Lunchtime Live  @NewstalkFM




 Public Consultation and Community Engagement



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Other Property News


  • In the business section of the Sunday Independent, Michael Cogley  reports that UK coliving  developer, The Collective, has partnered with Mm Capital  to develop coliving accommodation at Fumbally in Dublin 8.  This is just the latest in a trend of growth for this type of accommodation. 
  • Also in the Independent today, well-known Irish construction boss Flan McNamara is profiled on page 4 of the business section.  Originally from Kilrush in County Clare, McNamara is the director of Osborne and Co, a Dundalk based firm,  and oversaw the construction of The Shard in London back in 2012. 
  • One of the lead stories today in The Sunday Business Post  reports that “councils are to be given Revenue-style powers to impose daily penalties on the business freeloaders who are not paying their commercial rates“.  As unpaid rates  nationwide  amount to €272 million,  penalties could help raise tens of thousands of euros for local authorities.
  • Also in the SBP today, Construction Information Services (C.I.S.)  provides a roundup that includes: Harry Crosbie’s 8-stores, €17m hotel development on Vicar Street gets planning and Duggan Brothers has commenced work on a €35m social housing development in Dublin 1.
  • In commercial property news, Danoj Developments has secured funding from Lotus Investment Group to redevelop 133 St. James’s Street into apartments and ground-floor cafe/retail space.
  • Data Center Construction Market Analysis Till 2026: AECOM, Arup…

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Proptech and Construction Innovation

  • The big Proptech story of this month has been the launch of Global proptech database UNISSU. This site aims to be the single resource for all international news, innovations, likely applications and key trends for the sector. If you are working in the planning, construction or property industries, I recommend signing up here for all the latest global proptech news and insights: UNISSU Also, if you own a technology business selling into any of these industries, check the database to ensure your organisation is featured – More here:
  • Swiss PropTech Startup HEGIAS is Making VR Reality
  • Are you an Irish-led or Ireland-based #proptech business?  If so, please take five minutes to add or update your details to our internationally-shared listing here: SIGN UP: PROPTECH INNOVATORS and to keep up-to-date on all things tech and innovation for the planning, construction and property industries, head over to, the national resource website for innovators, investors and mentors or email .
  • This is what the #cities of the future could look like Via World Economic Forum


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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