Sunday Property Round-Up January 9th, 2022


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



*First up today, I am delighted to announce the opening of Property District West in County Galway, a second office to accommodate the growing team and to complement our Dublin-based offering. All marketing and communications, including placemaking and social media management will be available through both English and Irish language. Email to discuss further!*


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: 



  • Rent and mortgage crisis driving 300,000 into poverty: The Government’s Affordable Housing Act will only serve to raise house prices rather than make them affordable. Once again the Government has ignored people just above or already below the poverty line, writes Colette Bennett, Economic and Social Analyst with Social Justice Ireland.











  • I have a dream… and it could be achieved in Cork by 2025! 150 new trees for Pana, free public transport, the regeneration of North Main Street – these are just some of the things Kathriona Devereux imagines Cork could have by 2025




  • The Irish wind farm industry has said changes to the national grid and the planning process are required if Ireland is to meet the Government’s renewable energy targets of up to 80% of electricity being generated from renewables by 2030




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 and podcast, which launched in January 2019 on Dublin South FM 93.9 and is now available internationally via iTunes and Spotify podcast (, returned last month for a fourth season. The team delivers 60 minutes of industry chat weekly with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech.

*Our 4th year of broadcast kicks off next Tuesday with an in-depth look at the sustainability initiatives for Irish real estate and construction. In the meantime, listen back to all shows at:  

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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* 

























  • Plans for thousands of new Cork homes under threat due to lack of water facilities: Councillors have warned that unless Irish Water can deliver new and improved water and sewerage infrastructure, the County Development Plan could be a failure




  • Tesco lodges planning application for retail unit in Cork town: The retail giant has lodged a planning application with Cork County Council to develop a 3,739 square metre retail unit on a site on the east of Mill Road and north of Courthouse Road.





















  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2022 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 * 












































































Crowd-sourcing answers topical property questions:    


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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