Sunday Property Round-Up: May 12th, 2019



Good morning everyone, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are (Windmill Quarter in Dublin 2 is looking pretty good this morning!). It’s been a busy week but a great one for placemaking and proptech, with Fingal County Council launching the ‘Our Balbriggan’ masterplan (best public consultation process I have seen in Ireland, I will write up the details later in the week), the ARVR Innovate 2019 conference and expo taking place in the RDS and the Smart Docklands team launched their 3D Dublin Data Hack – this is still ongoing, in fact, I am heading there shortly so I will write up all the fun details later!


If you missed last week’s round-up, you can catch up here:


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…









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!)


Sunday Listen



#PropertyMatters 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 (@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, property and proptech. Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media.


This week, we were joined in studio by Sean Corbett of and Guillaume Pellerin, CEO of Zoobox Ireland. Joining us by phone from New York was Aaron Block, co-author of ‘Proptech 101: Turning chaos into cash through real estate innovation’.   


Listen back to this episode here:–May-7th-2019-e3vhvg


Next Tuesday is all about the data centre sector so be sure to listen in.

*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:


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Public Consultation and Community Engagement






  • Why Pat Kenny won’t be giving up his ‘damn’ property battle any time soon


*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*




Other Property News



  • Both the Sunday Independent and The Sunday Business Post carry interior design features/special publications today – both look great.


  • In the Sunday Independent business section, Fearghal O’Connor reports that Dublin needs 2,000 more hotel rooms – in addition to the 4,000 currently under construction.


  • On page 18 of The Irish Times today, there is a featured by Valerie Flynn titled ‘Welcome to bedsitland 2.0:Hundreds of shared living spaces, each smaller that a disabled parking bay, are in the pipeline for Dublin. How will this affect the market?’ This refers almost exclusively to Bartra Capital’s plan for 777 units across four developments in Dublin. The usual commentators object (they make some valid points), people who have lived in similar offering in the UK hail the benefits. Simply put, if this emerging sector is purporting to replace the previously removed ‘bottom rung of the property ladder’, then affordability is going to need a recheck…


  • Niall Brady reports on the confirmed acquisition of Investec by Brewin Dolphin (mentioned here over the last month).


  • Downsizing appears to be a favourite amongst feature writers this month, with Eithne Dunne publishing the latest one in the Money section today.


  • One of the lead news stories in The Sunday Business Post today is by Killian Woods, who reports that Reddit chief executive has become the latest business leader to speak out about the lack of affordable housing in Dublin and the risk it poses to the expansion of the business. Unfortunately, no real solutions proposed.


  • The same journalists reports that the US company proposing a floating data centre in the Limerick Docks (as noted here last week) is also planning to moor several barges along the Shannon estuary.


  • The SBP also reports that Airbnb hosts will be able to apply for Failte Ireland certification as a way around the incoming restrictions on the short term lets.
  • Also in the SBP: Cork City Council is apparently “more amenable to high-rise” (which certainly tallies with our experience!) and Gem Construction has been given the go-ahead for 913 homes in Dunshaughin.


  • Innovative Irish proptech, Property Bridges (David Jelly) is featured in the SBP discussing crowdfunding for property developers.




















The Agile Agent

Getting Ireland’s Property Marketplace Digital by Default

The Agile Agent is a 12-month digital transformation programme for independent Irish estate agents and auctioneers, which runs from September – August. This programme will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary Irish and UK team and will go beyond proptech adoption to help agents get their industry digital by default.


Q3. March – May 2019 Agile Agent check-in now available below:



To get involved and for free Proptech Prompts, please


Proptech and Construction Innovation












  • 20VC: Why Consumer Brands Must Embrace Physical Retail To Avoid Inflated Online CACs, How To Alter Fund Strategy When Investing In Consumer Retail & Why The Era of The 1,000 Store Brand Is Over with Brendan Wallace, Founder and Managing Partner @ Fifth Wall – The Twenty Minute VC













New Facebook Group for Irish Property Buyers & Investors

Crowd-sourcing answers topical property questions:   

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


From 2019, the publishers and I want to ensure the content remains topical and we are doing this by crowd-sourcing home buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. Join the Facebook Group here to contribute:


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