Sunday Property Round-Up January 31st, 2021

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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!)



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 Matters this week…


PROPERTY – Joseph Kane, Customer Success Manager with Open Sky



PLANNING/DEVELOPMENT – Robert Nowlan, Planning & Property Advisor with RW Nowlan & Associates



PROPTECH – Cian O’Flaherty, CEO of Safecility

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*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*





























  • Good news for Kildare as €4m medical centre beside M7 gets green light


  • Kildare Village-style retail centre ‘could attract over two million visitors a year’ | Meath Chronicle



  • Financial Conditions Attached To Naas Hotel Project, Appealed To ABP:  KCC attached a range of conditions to the permission, including Development Levies. It notes that Clane Inn Ltd’s appeal is “financial” – decision due on May 24th.








  • Local businesses lodge appeals to Supermac’s €10m motorway plaza plans: “A QUESTION mark has been thrown over plans by Supermac’s to construct a €10m Barack Obama-style motorway plaza outside Ennis off the M18 motorway. Last month, Clare County Council granted planning permission to Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh for the development in a long running planning saga that has been going on for six years…”






  • Lagan Group meeting industry’s material needs: Lagan Group supplies products such as concrete, cement and asphalt, as well as providing civil engineering and contracting services






  • Knight Frank appoints Henry as chief economist: The property market expert has more than two decades of experience in banking, consultancy and property





  • 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 * 













  • Another independent residential estate agency emerges as ‘Top DNG agents depart to set up rival in Dublin 6W’ – best wishes to Mullery O’Gara: “Pat Mullery and Deirdre O’Gara, two DNG stalwarts with more than 50 years in the trade between them, have departed the mothership to set up shop in the heart of their Dublin 6W stomping ground. The new agency, Mullery O’Gara will operate from a premises housed in the former Age Action shop in Terenure. It’s a dramatic departure. Mullery has a reputation as the undisputed King of Resi in the area, and the low-key Galway man has expertly steered countless buyers and sellers through hundreds of sales down the years. O’Gara meanwhile may be the younger of the two, but as manager for the last 12 years of DNG’s flagship agency in Terenure, she brings plenty of experience and market knowledge to the party. The pair’s departure is a blow for DNG which holds a strong presence in the suburb…”





  • Availing of amenities in a time of lockdown: The value of having a variety of amenities near your home has been heightened by the Covid-19 lockdowns. Here, we look at two schemes in south Dublin to see what they offer within 5km














  • Interiors: How our design firm found its true North – Nothing compares to going on site, but as long as design can be adaptable, so can our designers














  • Social media firm TikTok believed to be interested in Sorting Office for Irish HQ: Social media giant has grown Dublin workforce from a handful of staff to over 1,000 in one year











  • Demand For Office Space Continues To Plummet | New research from proptech firm VTS has found that demand for leasing office space dropped by 61% annually in December. The company, which tracks virtual and in-person tenant tours for space in CBDs, finds that hopes for returning to the office full-time may be far fetched.





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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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