Sunday Property Round-Up: May 19th, 2019



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, you might recall that in last week’s Round-up, I mentioned that I was on my way into the Dublin City Council/Smart Docklands 3D Data Hack (sponsored by Google, Microsoft, Autodesk, Dublin Port Company, Hibernia Reit and others). Well, the Property District team, working on our Virtual Town Hall PLACEengage – and competing with top quality teams from Graphisoft, Accenture and others – took first place! This is a massive step forward in transforming Ireland’s existing public consultation and community engagement model for property development and placemaking. We look forward to  rolling out our Virtual Town Hall this autumn, further details here:


  • ‘Place Engage’ brings virtual town hall to life via augmented reality in Dublin’s First 3D City Data Hackathon – Irish Tech News


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, for our DATA CENTRE SPECIAL, the show was superbly co-hosted by Garry Connolly (Host in Ireland) and we were joined in studio by:


  • PART 1: Maurice Mortell (Equinix Ireland) & Valerie Walsh (Digital Reality)
  • PART 2: Anthony McDermott (Mitchell McDermott) & David McAuley (Bitpower)
  • PART 3: Paul Carthy  (Paul Carthy) & John Coroner (Ethos Engineering)


Listen back to our data centre show here:—May-14–2019-e41l1c


*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:


Email the Property Matters team at



Public Consultation and Community Engagement









*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



  • A picture really does paint a thousand words:  A protestor from yesterday’s housing rally in Dublin is photographed on the front page of The Sunday Times (above).  


  • Also in The Sunday Times today, Valerie Flynn reports that Kingspan apparently tried to “quench research on flammability”, according to British parliamentary committee research. Kingspan has rejected this.


  • In the Property Section of The Sunday Times, editor Linda Daly has an interview with the Irish founders of Inhous, a london-based property consultancy, dedicated to serving sellers better by slowing down the process and making everything more manual, with less reliance on tech (truthfully, it seems counter-intuitive to me but let’s wait and see how it is received in the marketplace…). She also mentions property portal Perfect Property, which aims to take on The portal is having a second launch, of sorts, after the initial launch nearly two years ago and one last year failed to impact the market. It’s certainly not impossible to displace Daft or MyHome as the leading portal in Ireland, however, from the research undertaken by Proptech Ireland, none of the 6/7 startups ups vying for the title is a real contender. Interestingly, if the top 2/3 were to join forces, this would make a compelling offering for vendors…


  • In The Sunday Business Post today, Jill Kirby writes: “Let pensioners pay property tax like everyone else”, while in the same newspaper, Donal Buckley reports on the “Sheds to beds” trend in Dublin i.e. turning industrial unit sites into residential complexes.




  • Dan O’Brien has a column in the Sunday Independent today where he writes that “the last 10 days have brought what seems to me the same sense of change in the housing crisis-for the first time in six years pay levels are rising faster than house prices. In other words, the relationship between people’s incomes and the price of buying a property has stabilised. That will bring comfort many seeking to acquire their own home.“


  • Michael Cogley, also in the Independent today, reports that Bank of Ireland has approved more than €750 million in development finance to fund the construction of new homes and student accommodation.


  • On the back page of the business section of the capsule dick up independent today, Richard Barrett/Bartra Capital  is back in the news in relation to his latest co-living offering in Dun Laoghaire, which is garnering opposition at pace. It now appears that the developer proposes to deliver a similar type scheme in Castleknock, on a site where apartment lanning was previously opposed by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.  This will be an interesting one to watch to see whether NIMBY-ism or political interests will win out.





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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 HERE:


To get involved and for free Proptech Prompts, please


Proptech and Construction Innovation



  • This should not count as innovation, but shockingly, it does – the first maternity work trousers are now available  (picture above) – thank you to the smart women at ‘Pass the Wrench’ for sharing!









  • Tim Cook Says Augmented Reality is as Big an Opportunity as iPhone | Hacked: Hacking Finance







  • This Week In XR:  We Review The Oculus Quest, And More AR & VR News


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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