Sunday Property Round-Up, November 17th 2019


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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: 






































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




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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!)






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 ( Seasoned political 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.




In the Property Matters studio this week

Richard Collins, CEO of Walfrid Private and estate agent Owen Reilly talk about the current market, property training, proptech solutions and the future of estate agency in Ireland. 


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Also: ‪All About the #BedroomTax – ‘Jerry O’Sullivan chats to Carol Tallon’ November 15th, 2019 | Radio Kerry

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  • Housing becomes top priority for Irish voters:  Housing has overtaken healthcare as the No 1 concern for voters ahead of the general election set to be held in the first half of next year, a new poll for The Sunday Times has found. “Two out of three voters say their concerns about homelessness, a lack of social housing, house prices and rental costs will be a key influence on how they vote in the 2020 general election, the latest Behaviour & Attitudes survey for the paper reveals” according to Stephen O’Brien, writing in The Sunday Times today




  • Care homes in High Court fight over commercial rates: “Several nursing homes have come together to take a High Court case to fight commercial rates imposed on their buildings.

    The nursing home sector has previously said it could secure up to €100m in repayments for residents if it could successfully challenge the legality of commercial rates imposed on private nursing homes by local authorities.”




  • Martin Giblin, a senior counsel, is taking High Court action against a developer and the company behind Kilronan Castle hotel in Roscommon for allegedly breaching planning rules, writes Mark Tighe in The Sunday Times today.

    In court filings, Giblin says he and his wife bought one of 60 holiday homes in the Kilronan holiday village. As part of the purchase agreement, the homes were to be rented to short-term guests by the hotel, which was then controlled by developer Alan Hanly, who would share the income with the property owners:










  • Great news about Iconic Offices, the Irish serviced office business that has opened in 15 locations in Dublin, made €2.9m pre-tax profit last year.

    Profits at the company increased more than fourfold from 2017, when it made almost €727,000 before tax. The addition of extra locations and new lease deals also boosted cash balances at the business to €5.9m at the end of 2018:










  • Hibernia Reit boss: WeWork problems not hurting market – Hibernia was reportedly in talks with WeWork for the American company to lease two of its high-profile buildings in the Dublin docklands




  • Also in The Sunday Business Post today, Roisin Burke reports that nursing home operator TLC has agreed to acquire the K Club for €55 million; the Department of Public Expenditure is considering putting together an independent panel of experts to vet large public capital projects over €100m; there a round-up of the CIF Health & Safety Summit, which took place last week in Croke Park.



















































































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  • VTS Acquires Software Platform for Retail Landlords – Connect Media Commercial Real Estate News



















  • Proptech growth secures key executive for Leadhome | IOL Business Report







  • SolidBlock Receives Investment From BuiltUp Ventures






























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