Sunday Property Round-Up March 7th, 2021


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: 




  • Inside Politics – Is affordable housing achievable?




















*By the way, for the media featuring some of the truly inspiring women in this industry today – it’s tokenism if you don’t do it again next Sunday, and every Sunday (and every day!) going forward. Also, it would be great this year if – instead of the usual photos of women in the workplace being celebrated on International Women’s Day (#IWD2021) by a branded muffin delivery – we could hear about the initiatives for genuine change-making. It was Verna Myers who famously said that  “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance,”  Well, for 2021, let’s take that a step further and take an honest look at who’s on that dance planning committee to see the real equality within your firm… 

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.

On #PropertyMatters this week we are joined by Marie Hunt, Executive Director at CBRE Ireland; Paul Mitchell, Director at Mitchell McDermott; and Michael Beckerman, CEO of CREtech

Special thanks to Katie Tallon who, after more than two years, produced her final show for us this – best wishes in your new role, Katie!


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*Listen back to all shows at:

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  • With the marked rise in negative planning observations, challenges and judicial reviews to SHD applications (up 10-fold according to, Property District will no longer tolerate the use of unhelpful, misleading and, frankly, inaccurate language in the reporting of OUR industry. We are calling on industry leaders and their PR firms to insist on accurate terminology being used in all interviews (no more “cuckoo” “vulture” etc).  For our part, our own monthly reach is 300,000+ per month across digital media and this is growing every day; we will endeavour to correct these inaccuracies prior to sharing content – as per the example above – and we are now asking other social media managers and industry communications professionals to do the same. Please reach out to the Property District content team if you need any help with this at















*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*







  • Building heavyweights call for early reopening of sector: Construction executives have voiced frustration at the current paralysis here while the industry has been allowed to operate abroad








  • Pat Farrell: In the long-running apartment debate, size matters – Ignore the false narratives: Irish apartment standards are amongst the best in Europe











  • Cork City Council expects 600 new homes built on 54-acre landbank: The site on Old Whitechurch Road is also expected to feature a school, a neighbourhood shop and various service outlets
















  • Cairn Homes’ revenues and profits for 2020 drop, but said it remained “very positive and ambitious” for its future growth prospects










  • 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 * 






































































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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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