Sunday Property Round-Up June 30th, 2019



The Sunday broadsheets make for incredibly sad reading today, a 16-year old drowned in Louth, a Kilkenny man died in a plane crash on the way to his daughter’s 18th birthday party and that horrifying image of the father and daughter lying in the Rio Grande appears in most of the papers. It puts the property and industry news in a slightly different and, frankly, less important perspective…


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: 


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


  • Following on from that PlaceTech feature on Dublin’s FDI, one of the lead business stories in the Sunday Independent today (by Michael Cogley) reports that ‘FDI [is] not stoking housing Crisis – [Pat] Breen’. 













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.


As my smallest dog needed emergency surgery on Tuesday (I genuinely cannot ever remember missing work when my now 20-year old was sick as a child..!), Property District’s Head of New Media and regular guest to the show, Emma Hayes,  stepped in to co-host this week’s episode with Bryan Fox .

In addition to a special report on housing conversations that took place in the Dail this week (co-living, first time buyers, affordability and the State’s provision of housing), proposed reform of Owners’ Management Companies was also on the agenda.

Balbriggan resident Kevin Smyth joined us to talk about how members of the local  community can get involved in planning and use their voice to shape placemaking in their areas.

Gavin Gallagher from Proptech.TV joined us to talk about how the construction and real estate sectors are moving towards sustainable and low-impact development, and how technology innovation will continue to shape that.


Listen back to this episode here:–June-25th-2019-e4f6mt



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 Public Consultation and Community Engagement







  • Council says warden will monitor anti-social behaviour as it reopens Dublin Peace Park #placemaking


  • How to create a new community: food markets and shipping container pop-ups #placemaking #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*




Other Property News



  • Lousie McBride has an excellent, insightful look at the Fair Deal scheme on page 6 of the business section of the Independent today: ‘Winners and losers in overhaul of Fair Deal nursing home scheme: Farms and businesses must take care with Fair Deal despite welcome changes’. I won’t go through it all here, however, I definitely recommend that anyone likely to be affected by this, read through all the changes. 


  • In The Sunday Times today, Colin Coyle reports: High-end homes in a slump: Brexit and vendors with more realistic expectations are blamed for steep decline in Dublin prices’.  The article goes on to say that “many houses in the €1m-plus category [are] cutting their sale price by six figures”. Also, the article confirms that 90% of all new properties that sold in the first three months of the year were priced below €500,000.


  • Also in The Sunday Times, musician ‘Brendan Begley has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala after he was refused permission for his self-build’ in west Kerry. Several well-known musicians and broadcasters (but not direct neighbours?) have apparently written letters of support to retain the 51sqm home.


  • The lead business story in the Times today reports that there are ‘Four bidders for Green Reit buyout: Kennedy Wilson and Irish Life among firm circling property group’. We will keep a watching brief on this potential €1.3bn deal.


  • Gavin Daly reports  that Denis O’Brien is seeking planning approval to add a further four floors to 1 Grand Canal Quay (former Esat building); ABP approved Donnybrook Partnership’s plans for 94 apartments on Eglinton Road and, separately, Ires Reit has obtained planning approval for a 14-storey tower in Sandyford.


  • In The Sunday Business Post today, Tom Maguire writes that ‘It’s time to loosen up the Strict to Buy scheme: The Help to Buy scheme could be doing more to help property buyers on the margins’.  He was referring to a buyer who missed out on relief as the contracts were signed 96 hours before the allowable period, which does seem unfair (but where do you draw the line?).


  • The property supplement of The Sunday Business Post has an interesting lead feature comparing the cost of housing in Dublin with other European cities, including Paris, London, Barcelona, Zurich and Geneva.











  • Airbnb Launches New Luxury Service For High-End Properties

















  • Aecom responds to US investor that urged closure of construction unit




The Agile Agent

Getting Ireland’s Property Marketplace Digital by Default


The Agile Agent is a 12-month digital transformation programme for independent Irish estate agents and auctioneers, which runs from September – August. This programme will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary Irish and UK team and will go beyond proptech adoption to help agents get their industry digital by default.



Q3. March – May 2019 Agile Agent check-in now available HERE: 



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Proptech and Construction Innovation



  • 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 






  • From Ralph Monague at  “Have you seen “Prism”? – a free, online, open source, application for site development feasibility studies, using the spatial planning rules for precision manufactured housing (PMH) developed for the @MayorofLondon ”  




  • Property guru Phil Spencer links up with property technology company Gazeal [Press Release] | Gazeal Partners








  • Expotrade Mideast: UAE real estate appetite driving proptech tools – Business – Construction Week Online

















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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