Sunday Property Round-Up, May 31st, 2020


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

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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: 













  • Greens push for new homes close to transport hubs in coalition talks – Martin confirms FF, FG and the Greens all hope to have a government in place by the end of June









  • Unique High Court judicial review could affect planning permissions
    Dublin 4 resident wants neighbour’s extension stopped over her right to light and energy rating:





  • Important message from the CIF:
    The Lighthouse Charity is launching a FREE 24/7 employee assistance programme and well-being app for all construction workers in Ireland. This service is free to you and your employees and can be very beneficial in terms of dealing with stress and mental health issues. A webinar is being held to launch the service to CIF members and the wider industry on Wednesday, 3rd June at 4pm. To book your place, follow the link below:







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!)





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. 

Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media





Property Matters, 26th May 2020: New safety protocols for estate agents, Ballyshane House and world-leading proptech from


Joining Carol Tallon on #PropertyMatters this week are: 

Pat Davitt, CEO of IPAV, Eimear Malone, co-owner of Ballyshane house and John Callan, Head of Product and Client Solutions at to talk about the new Covid19Ireland safety protocols for the industry, an alternative way of selling property and an exciting new proptech solution to enable estate agents to live stream property viewing by appointment.


Listen back here: 


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*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*









  • No process for renewing Safe Passes which expired before 1st March 2020, due to COVID19 This is also covered in the Business Post today: Construction workers stymied by Safe Pass shutdown – Minister says state training agency courses should immediately move online so building can fully resume at reopened building sites



  • Developer O’Flynn calls for task force to deal with housing crisis

    Mr O’Flynn has also called on the Government to extend the help-to-buy scheme to 2025 (it is due to expire at the end of 2021). In addition, he has called for the Central Bank’s macroprudential rules on mortgage lending to be relaxed, and for the introduction of a loan scheme that would involve the State acquiring an equity stake in the home “secured by a second charge to bridge affordability”.
    The developer also wants priority given to bringing derelict, underused sites and development land back into use, and to consider tax breaks to “support [the] viability of brownfield and infill development”.



  • An Bord Pleanala rules Roscommon developer pay 30k vacant site levy – Shannonside



  • Five key takeaways from the task force on Dublin housing supply | Business Post

    Construction activity jumped at the end of last year, driven by an increase in apartment building, but action on the government’s fast-track scheme was slow













  • Planning permission granted for 735 new Cork homes – The appeals board has granted planning permission to Cork company Longview Estates Ltd in spite of its own inspector recommending that planning permission be refused. The scheme is made up of 531 houses and 222 apartments on lands located in the townland of Lahardane in Ballyvolane, 3km north of Cork city.
















  • Receiver appointed over assets of Victoria Homes – developer remains in a “strong financial position” with a strong equity position across all sites;











  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2020 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 * 





























  • Online auction platform sells 80% of properties at 10% over reserve’s first monthly national auction deemed a success after 11 of 13 lots sold for €1.2m



  • The Art of Property Staging: How to add value to your home or commercial space in preparation for sale or rental, by Natasha Rocca Devine, The Interiors NRD Studio









  • The long and the short of it: the return of the short-term lease. Since 2019 there has been an increase in the supply of sub-lease space – and this looks likely to continue, by Fionnuala O’Buachalla:





  • To open or not to reopen: the great retail quandary
    With restrictions slowly being relaxed, more and more shops are opening for business again – but the long-term outlook remains deeply uncertain for most retail outlets



























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