Sunday Property Round-Up November 8th, 2020

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



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: 







  • CIF’s ‘Home for Everyone’ Schools Competition aims to nurture construction talent of tomorrow


  • NUI Galway is to share in a European fund worth half a million euro to develop a new online training course for housing and property professionals.


  • Wasting no time to find new ways of cleaning up: The latest positive changes in the field of waste management are a result of local, regional, national and European action plans and directives


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. 



On Property Matters this week:

Joanne Lavelle, Sales & Letting Agent and Property Valuer at Michael Lavelle Estate Agents; Patrick Davitt, CEO of IPAV; Tom Crosse, GVM Auctioneers and President of IPAV; Ella Dunphy, DNG Ella Dunphy and Past President of IPAV; and Shane O’Donnell, CEO of Lanu

*Listen back at–3rd-November-2020-em29l3

Produced by Katie Tallon of Hear Me Roar Media

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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*








  • The key concern for the industry is the movement of cross border sub contractors – ‘The private housebuilding industry should prioritise new house building methods to reduce costs’ says James Benson Director Housing, Planning & Development Services with the Construction Industry Federation








  • We need to be cognisant as an industry: ‘The development sector has already begun to integrate PRS strategies’ says David Lawlor, Director – Social and Affordable Housing for the O’Flynn Group




  • Soros firm sells €2.1m worth of shares in Cairn Homes: The billionaire’s Soros Fund Management reduces stake in construction firm to 2.87 per cent from 3.21 per cent



  • Dublin resident loses bid to overturn permission for 512 apartments:  Dublin resident loses bid to overturn permission for 512 apartments – The proposed development is on land at the former Techrete manufacturing facility, former Beshoff’s car showroom and former Howth garden centre, Claremont, on Howth Road.











  • Green light to expand student complex in Terryland:






  • An Bord Pleanála Adjudicating On Proposal For 349 New Homes In Maynooth.








  • 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 *  



  • Tech solution takes blood, sweat and tears out of new house transactions: The house-buying process is a long and arduous one for all involved. Leman Solicitors has teamed up with software company Transact to streamline it for developers, estate agents and the legal sector, benefiting the buyer in the process





  • Is tech about to shake up the property market (finally)? – BusinessCloud


  • Build-to-rent and proptech in the covid era – PropertyWire





  • RenoRun app launches in Boston | Digital Construction | Construction Global






  • Market watch: In the first two weeks of the March lockdown, estate agents were fielding more calls than usual from prospective buyers. Sales that had been agreed were falling out of bed. Some bidders were making low offers in the expectation that prices would tumble. In the staring competition that ensued, buyers blinked first: prices haven’t fallen:






  • Our legacy housing stock is a mismatch for demand  | Business Post


  • West’s awake as online auction clears €3.1m worth of property



  • Building on creative concepts: The Institute of Designers in Ireland Awards have recognised the outstanding work produced this year by our leading architects and interior designers









  • Galway’s industrial investment market sees strong demand: The city has an enviable reputation as a hub for medical manufacturing and engineering, but more opportunities need to be created for the industrial rental investment sector to expand

















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Irish Property Buyers Handbook annuals


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 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. 

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