Sunday Property Round-Up: March 3rd, 2019

Good afternoon folks, if you missed last week’s Sunday Property Round-Up, which was full of industry and tech/innovation news, you can catch up here:


Before we get stuck into the general property news of the week, below are three stories that might be of particular interest…



On this story Eilis O’Hanlon writes in the Sunday Independent that “Casting older people as the source of all problems is no solution”. Again this is somewhat missing that point that, for a variety of reasons, we have an aging demographic and a higher proportion of all people (including elderly people) are in rental accommodation or unsuitable living conditions, therefore, it is only prudent for the State to start planning and preparing for this.




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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!)


Sunday Listen:  #PropertyMatters Tuesdays 6-7pm

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Ireland’s first weekly property radio show, Property Matters, launched In January 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 and property.


This week we had the TY students from Newpark Comprehensive in to chat about their Property Economics course and why the so-called experts don’t hold all the answers to solving Ireland’s housing crisis. Also, Patrick Folan of nationwide auction house I-AM Sold, Andrew Farrell of Block Angel and Gavin Gallagher of Proptech TV joined us to discuss all things property and proptech!

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Other Property News


  • The lead business story in the Sunday Independent by Michael Cogley reports that proptech firm Property Bridges (a peer-to-peer lender for small-scale developers) is to lend over 150 million euro for housing projects over the next three years. As it happens, founder David Jelly will be joining us in studio for Property Matters on Tuesday evening, be sure to listen in, details at


  • The same journalist reports on industry backlash to proposals to increase the social housing provision/Part V by private developers from the current 10% to somewhere between 20-30% (Sinn Fein is looking for 30% in SDZs). CIF are obviously and thankfully lobbying against this on the basis that it would be an economic deterrent to much-needed development.


  • DCU and DIT are set to benefit from 500 new student beds on the northside of the city, this is the latest clustering of student beds (also Stillorgan, close to UCD), despite local opposition.


  • Gavin Daly writes in The Sunday Times that Google is on the hunt for even more office space in Dublin, this time in the south suburbs for up to 700 employees.


  • The same journalist reports that Oakmount (Paddy McKillen Jnr and Matt Ryan) has lodged plans for almost 300 apartments in Blackrock. The 80 million euro development is expected to be made up of 14 eight-storey blocks.


  • One of the lead stories in The Sunday Business Post today, by Michael Brennan, reports of ‘Pressure mounting as construction workers lodge 12% pay claim’. The CIF oppose this demand.


  • Also in the SBP, Ian Guider writes that “the extension of the state’s help-to-buy scheme is facing another blow with the Central Bank understood to have concerns that it is now effectively acting as a subsidy to builders’. Firstly, yes, this is a supply-side initiative and should never have been marketed as anything else. Secondly, it was, and remains, necessary to  incentivise development in less favourable parts of the country, and thirdy, continuing uncertainty about whether or not this scheme will be extended is causing causing a problem for first-time buyers, which has a knock-on effect on developers.





  • More on co-living in the SBP today, Killian Woods reports that two co-living planning applications (Bartra and Node) have run into difficulties due to “poor standard” and “substandard” accommodation.


  • Also in the SBP, on page 12, there is an article about ‘The Silent Landowners’ and the 280 million euro worth of vacant lands around the capital.





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Crowd-sourcing:   New Facebook Group for Irish Property Buyers & Investors

As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) was rebranded for 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.

For the first time, the 2019 edits will be crowd-sourced and will include home-buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:



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