Sunday Property Round-Up June 11th, 2023

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


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: 


The theme of the industry news this week seems to be about property developers fighting back against residents’ abuse and corruption of Ireland’s democratic planning regime – and we welcome this 👏  Much of our work involves public consultation and community engagement; it’s a vital part of the planning process and one that – when properly executed – makes a development better for the local community. But when a loud minority of citizens abuse the process, the silent majority of citizens pay the price and this is not democracy. Much as we don’t want NIMBY-ism (Not In My Back Yard), YIMBYs extorting project owners and holding critical new housing delivery to ransom will not be tolerated. Over the past decade and a half, home builders and developers have been disproportionately vilified over and over again; yet most have been unable or unwilling to fight back or even share the reality of their contributions to address Ireland’s housing crisis – until now… 




  • MMC Ireland National Conference 2023: MMC Ireland hosted its inaugural National Conference, a milestone event for the modern methods of construction (MMC) sector in Ireland. With over 300 attendees from the public and private sectors, including academia and Government, the conference showcased the potential of MMC and its role in driving innovation and sustainability in the construction industry. Thought leaders and experts discussed global opportunities, advancements in modular construction, and the importance of collaboration. The event emphasised the need for testing and certification, highlighted the journey to energy efficiency and zero-carbon buildings, and explored the impact of digital platforms. The conference concluded with a roadmap for MMC, outlining industry objectives and Government alignment. Overall, the event marked a significant turning point for MMC in Ireland, shaping the future of construction through modern methods and fostering collaboration among industry stakeholders. Learn more about the work of MMC Ireland here:


Packed house at MMCIreland National Conference 2023












  • 🎉As you know, we love our industry innovation, so here’s something cool for the weekend – Andrew Maher and the team at DroneClean have designed an eco-friendly, no impact, smart window and facade pressure cleaning solution (particularly good for smart glass!) for buildings of every height in Ireland, using the latest in drone technology. What buildings/structures should they tackle next? We’re thinking The Spire, maybe The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Dublin Landings, Coopers Cross, Capital Dock Residence,  The Campus Cherrywood?  Let us know your suggestions…


@droneclean #question from @droneclean This week Avoca, Dunboyne, became the first building in Ireland to be cleaned by drone! What building should we do next? #drone #droneclean #fyp #dronevideo #drones #cleaning #facadecleaning #facade #property #ireland #avoca #dunboyne #dronetok ♬ Feels Like Summer


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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This week on #PropertyRoundup, host Carol Tallon chats to Majella Galvin, Director of DNG MICHAEL GALVIN and Chair of SCSI (Southern region). Majella joins us to discuss downsizing or rightsizing your home and the many benefits it can have including; reduced running costs, less to maintain and more independence.

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In the Proptech Hot Seat with host Carol Tallon this week is Kyle Spencer and David Blumenfeld, Co-Founders of NextRivet. NextRivet’s focus on digital innovation opportunities, supported by an expansive network of solutions, makes them an ideal source of consultation for the real estate innovation space. Kyle and David talk through how they assist corporations bridge the gap between physical and digital processes by turning theoretical innovation concepts into tangible, results-driven initiatives. They discuss who their customers are and what problems they are helping to solve. Listen back to the full interview to hear the long term vision for NextRivet!

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FEMCON European Project: Listen back to Mary Whitney, Director of Education with Future Cast (Construction & Quarrying) , about the FEMCON European Project, which is on a mission to create innovative vocational education and training tools to help women – working in or considering a career in the construction industry – advance to visible roles within the industry. The project’s goal is to make the industry more appealing to women, resulting in a greater number of women choosing the sector, creating conditions for positive change, and improving the industry’s gender outlook and quality of life in the male-dominated sector.


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  • Key reasons why agents use IT revealed by PropTech: New survey reveals that the safety of client funds is one of the key reasons why letting agents look to PropTech. More than 80 per cent of responding agents listed the safety of client funds as one of the most important consideration when selecting a tech solution.; this was followed by system security and functionality. And when given the opportunity to air their views on the benefits of technology, two thirds of respondents said they believe that increasing automation is both more productive and cheaper than increasing the workforce.











MMC Ireland Board Members


  • The MMC Ireland National Conference 2023, which took place in Croke Park this week, brought together industry leaders and experts to delve into the sustainability aspects of modern methods of construction (MMC). Pat Barry, CEO of the Irish Green Building Council, emphasised the role of the built environment in mitigating climate impacts and stressed the importance of sufficiency, efficiency, and the use of low-carbon materials. Discussions centred around designing for MMC from the start and the need for competent designers to meet sustainability criteria. The conference highlighted the significance of reducing embodied and operational carbon while focusing on innovation, design standardisation, and sustainable practices. The insights shared during the conference showcased the industry’s commitment to addressing climate change and driving sustainability in the construction sector. Learn more about the work of MMC Ireland here:




























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  • Louis Fitzgerald family expands portfolio into Cork market with acquisition of the Imperial Hotel – The family business, headed by Louis Fitzgerald and now in its 54th year, has a longstanding track record of acquiring landmark properties.


















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