Sunday Property Round-Up, March 8th 2020

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



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As expected, the broadsheets are dominated by coverage of Covid-19 (special mention to the Sunday Independent the editorial team manged to squeeze it into every story – the effects of the virus on political negotiations, business, start-ups, personal finance etc). The Business Post has a positive spread on the growing representation of women in property and constuction in honour of International Women’s Day 2020 – as our business was female-founded and remains female-led with 80% female staff, we live this stuff every day so perhaps it is more appropriate for us to acknowledge the men of the industry who have gone out of their way to support and push Property District… Whatever your gender, we appreciate your support. 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: 












  • Work commences on the first new train station in Ireland in seven years 









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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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This week on Property Matters: Construction Reputation & Property Brand Management in the Digital Age

Topics discussed included: Reputation management, social media as an extension of brand and why this is important for business development, crisis communications, community engagement and public consultation in an era of serial objectors and populism.


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  • ‘Tens of thousands of homes under threat’ by Gavin Daly in the Sunday Times: Plans for almost 31,000 houses, apartments in student accommodation spaces could be affected by a challenge to the fast-track residential planning system by three residents of Ballsbridge inDublin.







  • Ailesbury Road residents launch challenge to fast-track planning laws | Business Post


  • ‪Plan to revitalise Limerick City Centre unveiled by #Limerick City and County Council |‬





  • Euronews Living | Billionaire building idyllic village in Scotland faces local backlash







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  • Nama likely to miss target of delivering 20,000 new homes | Business Post:  Nama has so far only managed to directly fund the completion of 11,700 homes with ten months to go


  • ‘Donohoe was warned BAM could sue over children’s hospital’ by  Peter O’Dwyer in the Business Post today.




  • Co-living plan for property at centre of housing protests gets go-ahead | Business Post



















  • Planning permission granted for recycling facility at old Atlantic factory site in Clondra: Conditional planning permission has been granted to develop a major recycling facility at the site of the old Atlantic Mills factory in Clondra, just outside Longford town.

    Letters have been issued this morning confirming that plans to develop a recycling and processing facility have been approved subject to 16 conditions










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  • Proptech: Startup hybrid estate agent nu:move Quickly Hits £150,000 Goal on Seedrs


  • GoReport is working with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and The Survey Association (TSA) on a PropTech survey that will help provide intelligence on a range of issues such as levels of adoption, skills gap and challenges that may exist. The responses will help shape the future support, training and information that can be made available.

    PropTech Survey 2020 







  • As the discussions about forming a government continue, the financial constraints, invisible during a carefree election campaign, are closing in. There is already evidence of a tourism slowdown due to the coronavirus. It was never guaranteed, anyway, that the next government would be awash with tax revenue and spending options. The incoming team, whatever its composition, will have to make choices, which means that affordable projects will have to take priority over the visionary stuff.

    During the election there were promises of extensive rail-based public transport schemes, including light rail in provincial cities, a high-speed link all the way from Belfast to Cork and several underground tram and rail routes for Dublin…


  • Also in the Sunday Independent today: The original holding company for the four-star Co Donegal hotel Harvey’s Point has been placed into members voluntary liquidation, with net assets worth nearly €9.1m, Ergo has learnt. This is a technical move following its sale. In a recently submitted filing with Companies Registration Office, the original company was wound up with assets worth €9.7m and liabilities worth nearly €650,000.



  • In The Sunday Times – Revealed: how Michael McDowell took a bath on UK property deal: Senator Michael McDowell, a former attorney general and justice minister, has declared an interest in a property syndicate that made big losses on a commercial property deal in London.

    McDowell and his wife, Niamh Brennan, a lecturer in corporate governance at UCD, invested in a 2006 fund set up to buy 33 Old Broad Street in London, which is described as a “landmark office building in the City of London”. The investment is included in his annual Seanad register of interests.


  • US group Cortland to forward-fund Johnny Ronan’s Spencer Place; Cortland, a US group that owns thousands of rental apartments, is finalising a €250m deal to forward-fund more than 470 apartments being built by developer Johnny Ronan at Spencer Place in the Dublin docklands.

    Property sources said Atlanta-based Cortland had agreed a deal to fund and acquire the apartments at the Spencer Place site, which will also house a hotel and headquarters for software group Salesforce. Spencer Place is being developed by Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE) and US funder Colony Capital.


  • In the Business Post: Ronan’s ‘party wall’ causes ructions with property firm Clancourt: Johnny Ronan’s office development at Four Park Place near Hatch Street, Dublin 2 is causing a rift between Ronan and Kevin Kenny of Clancourt


  • Also in the Business Post, recently-appointed MD of Lisney is the featured executive interview this week; he speaks about the importance of earning respect and credits the team for his success to date.












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