Sunday Property Round-Up, September 15th, 2019



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: 



  • The Ronan Group and Colony Capital have taken over the broadsheets again today with another (this time full page) spread urging:

‘DUBLIN – IT’S TIME TO LOOK UP. Our competitors across Europe do.’


























  • Digital storage centres are powering up rural Ireland, but the network is feeling the pressure.’ Data Centres – Property District | Irish Property Services


















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.




We had our first all-female line-up on Property Matters this week. Emma Hayes, Head of PR & New Media with Property District co-hosted with myself  (Carol Tallon). We were joined by Joanne Geary, Director of Customer Experience and Innovation with Sherry FitzGerald, and Louise Murphy, Sales Director and Co-Founder of Cyc-Lok. Topics covered include: Public consultation, proptech, online systems for estate agencies, innovative (and revenue-generating) bicycle parking for property developers and asset managers.


Listen back:–September-10th–2019-e5bngr


*Listen back to all #PropertyMatters episodes here:


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  • You might recall the report from last week’s Sunday Property Round-Up about The Collective (co-living giant) developing at Fumbally. In The Sunday Times today, Larissa Nolan reports that the tenants (members, guests, licensees – whatever term you choose) will be monitored via CCTV in all areas except the en-suite bedrooms “for legitimate security and safety purposes…”






*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*







  • In the Sunday Independent today, Philip Ryan quotes former Cabinet Minister Denis Naughten as he reports on how the ‘Fair deal rent income rules will leave streets derelict: Scheme effectively banning people from letting their homes while in care – ex-minister.’ 


  • Also in the Independent, Michael Cogley reports that BlackRock (asset manager) “is set to open a hostel in Dublin as part of its push to develop a pan-European hospitality portfolio”.


  • In the business section of The Irish Times today, Brian Carey reports that Echelon Data Centres is to invest £150m into a facility at Greenwich, in addition to the large scale centres currently being developed at Arklow and Clondalkin. Niall Molloy is also the featured business interview on page 6, which makes for an interesting read.


  • Download the Irish Data Centre Market Q2 2019 Report published by Host in Ireland: 


  • Also in The Sunday Times today: Master Card is “in the running” to lease three office blocks at Leopardstown developed by Cryil McGuire; and the chairman of Green Reit is to be paid an extra €10,000 per month for each month in which heh spends up to six hours working on the on-going €1.34bn sale.


  • One of the lead stories in The Sunday Business Post today reports that ‘Cairn Homes could sell 3,000 more apartments to cuckoo funds’. This report, by Peter Dwyer, goes on to say that the homebuilder has identified nine developments (and one currently under construction) that are potential PRS opportunities. 


  • Also in the SBP: Killian Woods reports that ‘Heritage raises concern over environmental effect of shared living scheme’ referring to Bartra’s proposed schemes at Ringsend and Rathmines; and there is a news homes advertising special in the property supplement.


























































































































The Agile Agent is a 12-month digital transformation programme for independent Irish estate agents and auctioneers, which runs from September – August. This programme will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary Irish and UK team and will go beyond proptech adoption to help agents get their industry digital by default.


To get involved and for free Proptech 2020 Prompts, please








  • From smart design and planning right through to the smart property transaction, where does your Irish-led or Ireland-based #proptech 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 * 


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  • Parity Receives $1.25 Million In Venture Debt from Silicon Valley Bank













  • Sidewalk Labs | Announcing Replica’s spin-out and Series A
















  • **Nominations are now open for the global Women in PropTech Awards 2019 (I am on the international judging panel).










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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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