Sunday Property Round-Up, July 28th, 2019



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: 


  • Make what you will of the Ronan Group’s latest half-page advert across the broadsheets today (above).


  • Some positive news – The initiative by Mayo Co. Co. (now across all 31 local authorities) sees great results: Almost 300 Vacant Local Authority Homes Returned To Use. 


  • *Special thanks to the Apartment Owners’ Network for pointing me in the direction of Barry Lenihan’s report for Drivetime on RTE Radio 1 (with Sarah McInerney) about the tens of thousands of so-called ‘Celtic Tiger’ constructed homes with building defects, link here:










  • Amazon-Realogy Partnership Ripples Across the Housing Market




If you missed last week’s round-up, you can catch up here:


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(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!)


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Joining us in studio to talk all things proptech, contech, project management tools, social change and placemaking:


  • Houssem Jerbi:  Founder of of SmartPMO
  • Niamh McKenna:  Co-Founder of ChangeX
  • Neasa Ni Bhriain:  Creative Director of A Playful City
  • Ciaran Brennan-Commercial Director at LiveCosts


Listen back to the most episode here:–July-23rd–2019-e4o0u7


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Public Consultation and Community Engagement



  • ‪Thanks to Rosin Murphy for finding/sharing this public consultation and community engagement gem from the 1980’s ‬(postcard above)!


  • With hotels and student accommodation being built on every corner of #Dublin are we in danger of losing the heart of the city and the people that make it so vibrant and unique?

    Part of Docland, a new online short-form documentary strand presented by RTÉ Documentaries: 




  • ‪Green light for apartments and housing proposal next door to Pat Kenny’s home . Niamh Horan has an interview with Pat Kenny on page 3 of the Sunday Independent and, it is fair to say, it is an angry interview. The broadcaster refers to the application as being “a bit like co-living” (which it categorically is not) and “a greedy application”. He rejects the accusation that his objection is based on NIMBY-ism (not in my back yard). One of the pulled quotes from the interview reads “Developers do what developers do. Why does a fox kill chickens”. This is pretty unhelpful rhetoric coming from a respected national broadcaster at this time of a national housing crisis and it sums up the reputational bias that contemporary developers and placemakers have to overcome.


  • Calls for bodies with planning powers to validate identities of those objecting to planning applications | Radio Kerry 










  • Review finds local authorities biggest obstacles for Traveller housing



*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*



  • In the Sunday Independent today (a follow on piece from last week), Philip Ryan reports that ‘Housing charity regulator will have right to raid offices’. This report refers to the powers of the newly-created Approved Housing Body Regulator (AHBR), this office is due to be in place before the end of the year.


  • The same journalist also reports that the ‘New land agency could lose powers over EU rules fear: Attorney General’s warning about powerful new State body’. He writes: “The Land Development Agency (LDA) was intended to have sweeping compulsory purchase powers to buy land banks” but these powers might need to be “watered down” if they are found to be in breach of EU competition rules.


  • In the business section of The Sunday Times today, Brian Carey reports that BlackRock Real Assets (partnered with Michael O’Flynn) looks “close to selling the biggest private student accommodation block in Ireland” – Point Village in Dublin’s docklands.


  • The same journalist reports that Pollen Street Capital is “exploring a number of options for non-bank lender Castlehaven Finance, including a possible sale of the business or its loan book”.


  • Also in The Sunday Times, Marlet looks set to reapply for planning 530+ homes close to St. Anne’s Park in Raheny.


  • It appears that planners are not onboard with Johnny Ronan seeking a more novel way around the new Airbnb rules by trying to turn his ‘magical embassy villa’ into a live/work development, according to The Sunday Business Post.


  • Also in the SBP, bank lending to the building sector is down 77% over the past eight years, “international capital has largely replaced domestic bank funding in sector as a whole”.  


  • Michael Brennan reports in the SBP today that ‘Carbon footprint test coming for new housing developments’. New guidelines – that will be legally binding – are being drawn up by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and are due to be published in the autumn.



























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