Sunday Property Round-Up March 19th, 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 National Construction Summit 2023 kicks off on Tuesday morning (21st March) at the Sports Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown and Property District is delighted to be running Modern Methods of Construction stage. Check out the speaker line-up here:

Also, our panel of MMC Ireland experts will be taking part in an important event on the main stage from 12pm:

*Voices of Ireland’s MMC Sector: Priorities and Perspectives for a Sustainable Future*

Panelists include: Pat Kirwan, Director & Head of MMC Delivery at C+W O’Brien Architects ; Nicola McKay, Studio Director & Regional Lead at HLM Architects; Ronan Lonergan MRIAI, Technical (Design) Lead at Cairn Homes plc and Eoin Waldron, General Manager at Castle Modular.  This panel will be moderated by Carol Tallon, CEO at Ireland’s Property District 

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  • Council cannot enter derelict private buildings to inspect them: A TD asked if the Council had done internal inspections, in conjunction with Gardai, “of all properties on their Derelict Sites Register given the tragic incident uncovered in Mallow?”














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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This week on iPropertyRadio…

National Construction Summit Special

*Modern Methods of Construction*


On ‘Breaking Ground’ on this week: Fergal Lalor, managing director at Lalor Consultancy.

Fergal joined us to discuss Modern Methods of Construction is a real contributor to the Construction Industry and also what are the step changes that are required to improve on the use of MMC in the marketplace. Join Fergal at the National Construction Summit 2023 this Tuesday, the 21st of March!

*Project Controls: National Construction Summit 2023*

On ‘Breaking Ground’ on iPropertyRadio this week, Paul Kirwan, Director at Global GCS Consulting, a consulting firm specialising in project controls.

Project controls involve managing the resources, costs, schedules, and risks of a project to ensure its success. Learn more from Paul Kirwan at the National Construction Summit next Tuesday, March 21st!

*Opportunities for Irish construction companies to deliver data centres globally *

Irish companies design, build and operate  four times  the number of data centres internationally than in Ireland. This week on ‘Breaking Ground’ on  host Carol Tallon chats to Garry Connolly, Founder of Host in Ireland to learn what attendees to the National Construction Summit 2023 can expect to hear from the Data Centres stage and to explore the challenges and opportunities ahead for the sector.

Watch back and listen back:

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  • Council asked to consider ‘meanwhile use’ of vacant sites along city’s quays: Labour councillor John Maher put forward a motion calling on the local authority to “address the dereliction of the city’s quay areas, including Patrick’s Quay”, and, while forming the plan, that the space would be used to create “green and public spaces”.




















  • BNP Paribas Real Estate Ireland Construction PMI: “More importantly, the forward-looking data are pointing in a distinctly positive direction. New order books are expanding and, through their words and actions, building firms appear to be confident that this will be sustained.”



  • Lioncor construction company chief executive John Maxwell, has pointed to long delays in securing planning permission, with a huge backlog of cases at An Bord Pleanála, and ongoing judicial review challenges to large housing developments.



























  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2023 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: * * and email product or service details to


























  • The above infographic – created by ‘Saving Nature’ – shows the combination of per capita emissions and the multiplicative effects of our growing population.



  • The European Parliament has adopted measures to improve the energy efficiency of buildings across the EU. The proposals seek to ensure that all new buildings produce zero emissions from 2028 onwards and ensure minimum energy ratings for existing residential buildings from 2030.




















  • Cork County Council must ‘get the finger out’ if it needs vacant housing officers: Junior minister Kieran O’Donnell was responding in the Dáil when Cork East TD David Stanton said he was ‘amazed’ the local authority had not applied for the funding




































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