Sunday Property Round-Up, January 6th, 2019


Welcome to the first Sunday Property Round-Up of 2019. Industry news across all broadsheets today is relatively light, most has already been covered throughout the week and is included below.

The Sunday Times is the newspaper to pick up today if you have an interest in residential property prices in Dublin. Today’s edition includes the Property Price Guide 2019: Part One – Dublin (next week’s paper will include the regional price guide). While useful, there are no surprises here in terms of the prices disclosed. Happily, there are colour pieces by local residents including David Norris, Rachael English and Holly White that most people will enjoy and lots of short, interesting articles.

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 want to draw your attention to the following:


  • Global proptech database UNISSU goes live today!


This is the most comprehensive resource for planning, construction and property professionals looking for innovative solutions and to get a sense of changes coming down the track, nationally and globally. Crucially, there is an Irish discussion forum for proptech innovators, users and investors. This might be a good opportunity for estate agents in Ireland to speak directly to proptech companies designing solutions

Here is a feature on the Irish contribution to the evolution of PropTech globally in 2019:

*Log in or sign up here for access: UNISSU  *


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


Chinese solution to an Irish problem?

‘Hong Kong plans to build islands for new homes – Finance & Commerce’


Then Healy Hynes shared this Celtic Tiger flashback (honestly, I thought it was by the Waterford Whispers gang!):




 Public Consultation and Community Engagement


It’s a placemaking bonanza across the broadsheets today…


In the business section of The Sunday Times today, Gavin Daly reports that ‘Thousands of new homes in the pipeline from property giants: An Board Pleanala to fast-track strategic housing schemes’. He is referring to the “flurry of applications and consultations with An Board Pleanala” (ABP) as follows:

  • Adwood (Mick Whelan),  624 houses and 354 apartments in Corkagh Demense, Clondalkin.
  • Marlet, 438 apartments and 403 student beds at Belgard West.
  • Greenacre Residential (Pat Doherty/Harcourt), 488 apatrments at Fortunestown Lane, Saggart.
  • Dwyer Nolan, 260 homes in Lusk.
  • Ires Reit, 428 apartments at Rockbrook, Sandyford.
  • Prime Living, 700 student beds in Sandyford.
  • Cairn Homes, 429 homes in Delgany and 380+ homes at Griffith Avenue in north Dublin.
  • Glenveagh, 560 BTR apartments at East Wall Road and 273 apartments at Blackrock, Cork.
  • Gerry Gannon, 1,500 apartments at Congriffin
  • Gem Group, 900 homes in Dunshaughlin
  • Tailford, 662 homes in Drogheda
  • Shannon Homes, 352 homes in Drogheda.
  • McAleer & Rushe, 485 homes in Dundalk.
  • O’Flynn Construction, 167 houses and 84 apartments in Celbridge.


In the business section of the Sunday Independent today, Michael Cogley reports that Bartra Capital (Richard Barrett) has appealed the decision of ABP to reject the application for 105 shared/colivng units on the Ardee Road in Rathmines.


Roisin Burke, in The Sunday Business Post today, reports that An Board Pleanala is struggling with staffing issues, which is delaying decisions on hundreds of homes currently in the planning pipeline. More than 550 decisions are now beyond the “statutory goal” of 18 weeks – only 62% of applications are being dealt with on time.


The same journalist also has a great composite piece on page 8 of the business section on the “many developer squabbles” brewing, including:


  • Johnny Ronan’s clash with ABP and An Taisce regarding the controversial ‘Tara Tower’.
  • Local opposition to Marlet’s 536 home development at St. Anne’s Park in north Dublin.
  • The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Innovation Campus in funding limbo after a falling out between the principal investors.



*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












  • Also in the SBP today, “Trophy homes are continuing to sell at the high end of the market, but the peak price paid this year is a full €1 million less than last year’s equivalent – and experts are beginning  to wonder if something is wrong with the market”. This analysis is based on a handful of high end 2018 transactions – for greater clarity, I recommend The Sunday Times complete breakdown, suburb by suburb.



























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Proptech and Construction Innovation


  • As mentioned above, the big Proptech story today is that – as of 12pm GMT – Global proptech database UNISSU goes live, best of luck James Dearsley and Eddie Holmes! This site aims to be the single resource for all international news, innovations, likely applications and key trends for the sector. Sign up here: UNISSU






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  • 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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