Sunday Property Round-Up, July 14th, 2019



Typical for this time of year, industry news and coverage is light – The Sunday Business Post carries the bulk of the industry news this week.


Before we get stuck into the general property news of the week, below are a few local and international stories that might be of particular interest:





  • ‘The scale and complexity of our current housing crisis mean that we need to continue to be innovative and radical in our approach’ – VIEWdigital 








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!)


#PropertyMatters 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 (@iPropertyRadio). Seasoned political journalist and broadcaster, Bryan Fox, and I (Carol Tallon) team up to deliver 60 minutes of industry chat with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech. Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media.

*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:

Email the Property Matters team at


Also, I joined Pat Kenny on Newstalk to discuss the likely impact of a hard Brexit on Ireland’s property market, the growing BTR sector (social engineering by cuckoo funds – which I reject!), extension of the help-to-buy scheme and the likelihood of price drops:


Listen back here:



Public Consultation and Community Engagement






  • Social housing units planned for Knocklyon United are scrapped #publicconsultation #communityengagement







*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*





  • One of the lead stories in the Business section of The Sunday Times (by Niall Brady) reports: ‘Equity release back on for older homeowners’ – this comes on foot of “tweaked” Central Bank rules to allow equity releases for older homeowners.


  • Co-living remains in the news; Brian Carey reports that Bartra will need to “shave off up to 20” beds from the Dun Laoghaire scheme in order to comply with An Bord Pleanala rules.


  • Also in the Business section of The Sunday Times today: The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (Isif) has committed €140m into Irish LIfe Investment Managers PRS fund; Cerberus Capital Management has offered to “halt” repossessions for up to 2,000 homeowners if the homeowners sign up for the State-backed long term tenancy scheme; Cormac Lucey writes that the ‘State has let us all down with its draconian stance on private rental market’.


  • In the Sunday Independent, Marc Coleman opines that ‘Our €215bn debt doesn’t mean we can’t do social housing: As the homelessness crisis continues, voters will want results, even if it means State spending’. 


  • One of the lead stories in The Sunday Business Post today reports that ‘9 out of 10 Homes Fail Rental Standards’. This refers to 16,441 homes within the rent pressure zones that were randomly inspected by the local authorities – 90.3% failed to meet minimum housing standards.


  • Also in the SBP today: ‘Social housing builds in Cork far outstrip new private homes’; Lorcan Sirr writes that ‘We need to put people before profits in our planning policy’; Press Up (Paddy McKillen Jnr and Matt Ryan) will redevelop Odessa nightclub as a boutique hotel; and it looks like a second round of bids for Green Reit is due later this month.   




















  • Dublin Office Marketview Q2 2019 | CBRE












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  • Some great news – Nick Webb, in The Sunday Times, reports that investors Fergus McLoughlin has invested in Irish proptech startup Snapfix (Paul McCarthy), which facilitates instant, photo reporting of maintenance issues for commercial and hospitality landlords.









  • Revealed: Professionals reveal how they are benefiting from building information modelling – Building Products #BIM









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 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.

From 2019, the publishers and I want to ensure the content remains topical and we are doing this by crowd-sourcing home buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:





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