Sunday Property Round-Up June 27th, 2021


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: 




















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!)



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Property Matters: 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 ( The team delivers 60 minutes of industry chat weekly with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech.


Property Matters, June 22nd: Affordable housing, NIMBY-ism and housing policies that work   


On #PropertyMatters this week I had the opportunity to speak to the inspiringly sensible Anya Martin, housing advocate with and London YIMBY about affordable housing, flawed policymaking, NIMBY-ism, the dangers of polarising different solution providers and the potential power of communities.


Watch back:



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  • What #NIMBY looks like – Compensate UK homeowners for new housing developments “Homeowners whose views or peace and quiet are affected by new developments would receive cash compensation under proposals put forward by Tory backbenchers. Steve Baker, the veteran Conservative rebel, will urge ministers today to stop “trespassing on existing property owners” and accept that enough new homes will never be built unless there is something in it for those who already own a house…


  • A changing landscape for telecom landlords | Experience has shown the team at APWireless, based in Galway, that telecom landlords often lack the specialist up-to-date market information required when negotiating with their tenants



*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*































  • Hundreds of new apartments in Galway will not be available to buy: The backer of the Crown Square scheme in Mervue is planning a massive ‘build to rent’ housing scheme as part of the development, with 345 apartments. Padraic Rhatigan was previously granted permission for 288 apartments on the site but has now applied for a modified and higher-density development, with blocks ranging from four to nine storeys in height.




  • Aldi submits plan to expand store at Galway Retail Park







  • Fortwell Capital provides €21m construction loan for Red Rock Developments: British-based lender seeking to establish €300m Irish loan book and is structuring loan sizes of €10m to €50m











  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2021 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 * 





  • Moving in the right direction: Location data plays a crucial role in the data revolution business driving insights that were hitherto impossible



  • London PropTech continues global expansion with US launch




  • UK construction companies increase R&D spend by £70m – Building Products









  • Germany PropTech Market Trend Analysis 2021-2028 – The ERX News



















  • Residential Tenancies (No 2) Bill 2021 – Irish Property Owners’ Association































  • €10m refurbishment of Blackrock Village Centre finished, says Aviva: Upgrade of former Blackrock Shopping Centre includes glazed canopy roof to protect customers from weather while allowing fresh air to circulate throughout























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Irish Property Buyers Handbook annuals


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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