Sunday Property Round-Up July 7th, 2019



The Housing Agency  and Institute of Public Administration annual two-day Housing Practitioners Conference took place in Kilkenny earlier this week. I was delighted to take on the role of MC and endeavored to take notes etc, however, the sessions were so intensive and insight-ladden that it will take me a few more days to summarise the key insights from a stellar line-up of speakers that included the Housing Minister, senior Housing Department officials, the new Planning Regulator, heads of AHBs and of various local authorities, together with private sector contributions from Sherry Fitzgerald and the CIF.  If you want an immediate overview, check out the hashtag #HousingPractitioners2019 across social media platforms (particularly Twitter).


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


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: 


  • 10 ways cities are tackling the global affordable housing crisis



  • 19 new Rent Pressure Zones across 11 counties comes into effect | Buyers Broker International






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 Listen



#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.


#PropertyMatters hosts Bryan Fox & Carol Tallon are joined in studio by Emma Hayes of Property District to discuss projects open for public consultation through; Trevor Kelly, public loss assessor and property claims expert at Insurance Claim Solutions highlights the need to evaluate and vary your property valuation at insurance renewal stage; Des McCabe of the Apartment Owners Network talks about the proposed reform of OMCs in Ireland.


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*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:


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 Public Consultation and Community Engagement












  • The PostPlus section of The Sunday Business Post today leads with an interesting feature on ‘Galway’s Traffic Blues: Galway’s much-vaunted ring road was touted as a magic bullet to solve the city’s congestion woes. But after years of development and an outlay of €30 million, it’s still a long way from coming to fruition’.


*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*




Other Property News


  • There are several relevant opinion pieces in the Sunday Independent today: On page 18, Marc Coleman writes about ‘Why relaxing the 10pc deposit rule would be a good thing for families’ as “for first-time buyers, even Mayo, Galway and Roscommon are now out of bounds”. 


  • Also, Paul Cunningham suggests that ‘There are ways out there to fix bad mortgages: The mortgage to rent scheme has been revitalised and can help people stay in their own homes’; while Elis O’Hanlon asks ‘Is this the end of the middle class? Being unable to buy your own home is a personal disappointment, but also a political time bomb’.


  • The lead business story in the Independent today reads ‘Developers curtail home building as prices start to fall: Planning permissions and land sales are slowing down…’ This tallies with what we (Property District) and our industry clients have been saying since December 2018/January 2019, having noticed a ‘stretching’ of credit days needed since September 2018. In fact, one local builder from County Cork expressed a view to me last March that the industry was already in recession, “we just don’t know it yet..”.


  • Lousie McBride reports on the ‘Huge rise in credit unions entering mortgage market: More than 110 credit unions now provide home loans, with debit cards the next step...’


  • Also in the business section of the Sunday Independent today, Samantha McCaughren writes that ‘Our fast-track planning system is working at cross purposes’. Since the introduction of this new system in 2017, it has attracted plenty of criticism, both from inside and outside the industry (it’s public consultation process is tokenistic at best); however, despite the power struggles between the local authorities and An Bord Pleanala, and indeed between the Bord and local communities, the system was needed and did – in the main – do what it was intended to do.


  • In the business section of The Sunday Times today, Gavin Daly reports that Greybirch (Kelly family) has lodged planning for an eight-storey hotel on the south quays, opposite Liberty Hall: the O’Callaghan Collection hotel group has received approval to build a five-storey office block next to the Davenport hotel in Dublin 2; and Kelland HOmes and Durkan Estates have lodged plans for more than 600 homes in Saggart.


  • Michael Brennan, in The Sunday Business Post. reports that ‘Varadkar signals an extension to the first-time buyers’ grant’. [FINALLY – although I really must clarify that this is not a “grant’, it is a tax rebate only – this is quite an important distinction]


  •  The property section of the SBP has a great feature on green buildings, in Ireland and internationally, and the “second wave of property sustainability” that is well worth reading today.























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Insights from MIPIM Proptech, Paris 2019


  • From smart design and planning right through to the smart property transaction, where does your Irish-led or Ireland-based #proptech business sit?  Pease take five minutes to add or update your details to our internationally-shared listing here: SIGN UP: PROPTECH INNOVATORS and STARTUPS 




  • PlaceTech | How Dublin’s tech boom has changed the city








  • Estate agent Purplebricks to exit US market






New Facebook Group for Irish Property Buyers & Investors


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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