Sunday Property Round-Up September 12th, 2021



Weekly 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: 













  • The evolving data centre construction market Also, in the Business Post today: Majority of voters believe data centres should be restricted: Fifty-nine per cent of those polled by Red C want data centre development to be controlled to reduce the risk of electricity ‘rolling blackouts’ 





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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!)

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  • Plans unveiled for the revamp of Cork city streets for more outdoor dining: Five streets – Princes Street, Caroline Street, Pembroke Street, Beasley Street and Union Quay – will receive €1.3m worth of new bespoke weatherproofing infrastructure





  • Planning row erupts between Waterford hotel and residents over live music venue:: Two appeals have been lodged against the recent decision of Waterford City and County Council to grant planning permission to the Haven Hotel in Dunmore East for a function room extension and bar



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  • Initiative Ireland has secured the backing of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, who will join Fairfield Real Estate Finance as a backer. The partnership is raising €900m to lend to experienced property developers to finance 7,500 homes by 2024











  • Connemara County Councillors vote down Moycullen social housing plan




















  • 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 * 


  • STARTUP RESOURCES – Incubator List: Find the best startup program among world’s 550+ best startup accelerators, incubators and investors 















  • This Mexican proptech wants to revolutionize the rental of a commercial spot: Spot² is a company that transforms the way that sellers can find a commercial space for their business. Making clients get the ideal spot in less than 10 days







  • ‘Go on strike’ — David McWilliams explains why now is ‘the worst time ever to buy a house’










  • Tensions grow between state and mica homeowners as ‘D-Day’ nears for redress scheme: Representatives on the government’s Mica Action Group have accused the Department failing to adequately engage in talks over a compensation scheme for families affected by defective concrete blocks












  • Modern office investment with sitting tenants on sale for €10.75 million: Northwood House in Santry, Dublin 9 comprises a modern five-storey over basement office building providing 24 office suites

















  • Major Chinese property developer on the brink of default More about this in the Business Post today: Could one company’s fall trigger a property collapse in China?: The ongoing struggles of beleaguered property giant Evergrande pose a huge threat not just to its own survival, but to the very stability of the Asian superpower’s financial system






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