Sunday Property Round-Up, October 6th, 2019


All of the broadsheets are particularly light on industry coverage today. Unsurprisingly, Budget 2020 and Brexit dominates. Rather than waste time on speculation of the kite-flying variety today, next week we will examine the confirmed changes and the impact of those  changes for the industry, and indeed for home buyers and sellers. We know that the help-to-buy scheme is likely to be retained and further funds will be made available for social housing. Surprisingly, there is little analysis from the appearance of An Bord Pleanala before the Dail’s public accounts committee earlier this week… There is a special feature on the Shannon region in The Sunday Business Post that will be of interest to those investing locally.


 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: 



  • “At every other proptech conference or event, the speakers share views, criticisms and recommendations for and about the real estate industry; in my experience, Proptech Riga 2019 is the first event to turn this on its head and invite proptech detractors to the main stage, asking what traditional real estate professionals think of proptech. It was divisive, it got heated in parts, but it was deeply compelling…” 










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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 ( 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.

 On Property Matters this week we revisited the issue of vacant homes in Ireland and what action local authorities are taking. 

*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:


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  • In the property supplement of The Sunday Business Post today, Jll’s Uilliam Blythman asks ‘Can co-living be a cure for loneliness?.  ’He writes that “Living with others in buildings with communal spaces could re-frame the Irish concept of community”.



*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*







  • Mark Tighe in The Sunday Times today reports that RTE celebrity architect Dermot Bannon is being sued – along with the project builder, engineer and Coco Television – over a Dublin house extension (this is the most recent of four High Court actions against the architect).



  • In the business section of The Sunday Times today: the IDA spent €15.7m on the fit-out of its Park Place HQ; Glenveaghgets planning for 15-storey PRS tower on East Road (north docks); Urban LIfe Developments (Laurence Goodman Jr) made €4.9m profits last year; property editor Linda Daly writes that ‘Shunning property porn won’t help the homeless’.



  • In The Sunday Business Post today Killian Woods quotes senior civil servant, Robert Watt, as he refers to the poor land use across Ireland and calls for the State to “tax vacant sites properly”.  



  • Roisin Burke reports that ‘Over half a dozen developers to bid on €125m Irish Glass Bottle site’, including Marlet (Pat Crean), Ballymore (Sean Mulryan), Michael O’Flynn, Hines, Castethorn, Starwood and Glenveagh.



  • Killian Woods has an excellent feature on page 16 of The Sunday Business Post looking at some of the hurdles to speedy and viable property development, quoting on-the-groud experts Fiona Cormican of Cluid, James Benson of CIF and John Downey of Downey. Significantly, the ESRI has revised downwards its estimate of new homes expected to be completed this year from 23,500 to 21,500. 


  •  Also in the SBP, WeWork, despite a turbulent few weeks, has agreed to lease further office space in and around the capital.















  • Five common first-time buyer challenges, and how to deal with them |
















  • Ireland ‘paying a price’ in bid to tackle housing crisis















































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  • In Connected magazine, inside The Sunday Business Post, there is a feature on page 35 about Digital Construction and how demand for better quality is driving the adoption of ICT across the industry.











  • ‪Interesting article by @jamesdearsley, many #startups will identify with this… #PropTech Today: Agents should capitalise on pivoting companies‬



















  • Retail PropTech – Technology to Drive Future Mall Profitability











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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