Sunday Property Round-Up November 28th, 2021

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


PR and marketing for construction


The Big Interview in the Business Post this weekend is with Brian Stafford, chief executive of Diligent Corporation. Brian Stafford’s management software firm, which he has brought to a valuation of $7 billion in six years, has opened an office in Galway, which will assist with expansion plans across Europe and Asia. I was interested to read his take on social media and, particularly, LinkedIn (below). The platform is a powerful tool for PR and reach, for both internal and external communications. This is a message that is finally starting to resonate with leaders across the planning, construction and real estate industries. You can read the interview in full at the following link:

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: 



And IRL (In real life)!












  • Data centre conference tackles energy issue head-on: Despite protests outside and the ramping up once more of Covid restrictions, the DataCentres Ireland conference was declared a success by attendees and exhibitors alike















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 and podcast, which launched in January 2019 on Dublin South FM 93.9 and is now available internationally via iTunes and Spotify podcast (, returned last month for a fourth season. The team delivers 60 minutes of industry chat weekly with guests from the areas of planning, construction, property and proptech.

This week on PropertyMatters on,  I had the great pleasure of interviewing one of the most interesting people in real estate, Keller Williams’  John LeTourneau , Division Leader of Industry Engagement & Investment Opportunities at KW Commercial  based in Chicago. Topics covered include:

👉7th European Valuation Conference held in Ireland recently by IPAV and TEGOVA

👉 Real estate technology trends

👉 Rent control measures (tenant-friendly or anti-landlord?)

👉 Impact of legalisation of recreational marijuana on the property market – both residential and commercial

Watch back: 


*Listen back to this and all shows at:  

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ALSO: The mortgage market is no place for the under-30s, but can anything be done to reverse this trend? Listen back to the Pat Kelly Show on Newstalk: 
















*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: 





  • Govt to address the impact of price inflation on materials in the delivery of public building projects. Minister Michael McGrath is expected to present measures that include reducing the fixed price period for tenders from 30 to 24 months











  • Irish homebuilder Glenveagh Properties has confirmed the sale of a Dublin Docklands site that contains two hotels to a subsidiary of multinational Eagle Street Partners group for €78.5 million.

























  • Investing in safety to ensure best-in-class performance: Health and safety have always been paramount for Kerry-based Griffin Brothers Contracting Ltd, says the firm’s health and safety manager Tomás Foley


  • O’Reilly group grows from strength to strength:


  • Designer Group’s values of trust and respect lead to Supreme win: Electrical and mechanical engineering firm Designer Group is this year’s winner of NISO’s prestigious Supreme Safety Award



  • Safety, health and welfare form an integral part of Vision Contracting’s business and that was reflected in the awarding of its Higher Distinction Award by NISO/NISG








  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2021 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 * 






  • In the biggest ever acquisition in the construction tech sector, global construction services company Hilti Group has agreed to acquire tech company Fieldwire for $300m.









  • CBRE has made a strategic equity investment in Sydney-based prop-tech startup Pathzz as landlords and occupiers heighten their focus on the value of customer insights.






















  • Dublin hotels are now paying for staff accommodation due to housing crisis: Several hotel operators in Dublin say they are providing accommodation on-site and in private rental housing to sufficiently staff their businesses






































  • Landsec wins plaudits with new strategy for UK retailers  (pictured)










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As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) was rebranded in 2018 and now appears as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here:


From 2020, the publishers and I wanted to ensure the content remains topical and we are now doing this by crowd-sourcing home buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. 


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