Sunday Property Round-Up March 27th 2022


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


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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: 



  • Auctioneers and engineers to vet accommodation pledged to Red Cross:  IPAV chief executive Pat Davitt: ‘It won’t be a major structural evaluation, but certainly it will be to make sure that the property is okay for human habitation.’













  • New digital tools to help UK residents have their say on local developments:  Over £3.25 million from the Proptech Engagement Fund will be spent on 28 projects across England trailing cutting edge digital tools to make the planning system more open, engaging and accessible. The projects include using 3D interactive maps and virtual reality to help local people better envisage proposed new developments in their communities and encourage them get more involved in planning locally.








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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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  • Commencement notices for new residential homes last month hit their highest rolling 12-month total since the recording of the data began in 2004. According to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, notification was received during February that work was to begin on building 2,237 new houses and apartments. That represented an increase of 20% on the previous month and was 345% higher than February of last year, when Covid-19 restrictions were in place. It brought to 33,006 the total number of commencement notices that have been lodged for new homes over the previous twelve months.





































  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2022 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 building site of the future… from design and production, right through to site management: 5G, BIM, big data, automation, artificial intelligence, drones, offsite construction, green, VR, AR, XR… what are we missing?  (pictured)



































  • DIY SOS: The Big Build Ireland coming to Cork to rebuild the home of Adam Drummond and his parents: Adam a member of Neptune Basketball Club fell from a height while in Cork and he has been told there is a 1% chance of him walking again































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