Sunday Property Round-Up, January 27th, 2019



Good morning folks, if your interest is in the New Homes market, both The Sunday Times and The Sunday Business Post have special advertising features and listings today. On the other hand, if your Sunday is ear-marked for a Brexit deep dive, then the Sunday Independent might be more your speed today. The Independent also has a supplement on the school league tables (the results of which have a MASSIVE impact on housing).  


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, on behalf of the Property District team, I want to wish Irish Times’ commercial property editor Jack Fagan the very best wishes on his retirement:


And in the spirit of nostalgia ‘Cross the Liffey in a jiffy’: River ferry in Dublin’s docklands returns after 35 years:



Last year I wrote about the marked rise in (and diversification of) industry sponsorship deals so well done to the Glenveagh Properties team on their sponsorship of the Irish Times Fantasy Rugby Series:


And some good news for busy business owners: Facebook to merge Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger


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




PLACEMAKING – Public Consultation and Community Engagement


  • One of the lead business stories in The Sunday Times today is by Gavin Daly, who reports that Iput has “cleared the first hurdle for a mammoth office scheme” in Dublin city south. Planning for the new 51,000sqm development has already attracted local opposition. We will continue to keep an eye on this.






*PLACEengage: The future of speedy, successful placemaking for property developers is here – LAUNCHING JANUARY 2019, contact the PLACEengage team for roll-out details*



Other Property News




  • In The Sunday Times, Gavin Daly reports that Bennett Construction recorded a 38% rise in turnover to €283.6m (March 2018 filings) and Collen Construction’s turnover is up 41% to €209m.


  • One of the lead business stories in the Independent is about the shortage of student accommodation, however, this is shaping up to be a very short-term problem as this is the second busiest sector for construction activity in 2018/2019.


  • In the SBP, Emma Kennedy has a good article on page 5 of the business section about the importance of understanding the fine print of your mortgage agreement.


  • Also in the SBP, Joe Corr has an interesting opinion piece on the need to prioritise planning to achieve Ireland 2040 targets and Dublin’s serviced office market expanded by 50% last year, which will not come as a surprise to many.



















  • Dlrcc grant planning for 146 apartments at Cherrywood – Cabinteely Life





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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:





  • PropTech Today: What next for agents if virtual assistants take over?
  • British start-up Lavanda developing new app to solve ‘illegitimate’ short-term rentals


  • PropTech platform allows Build To Rent units to be short-let during voids
  • Startup that wants to help developers map construction sites in “near real time” raises $2.3M: Company wants to decrease the time it takes to make aerial site plans to 24 hours


  • 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 .


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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