Sunday Property Round-Up, September 29th, 2019


The Sunday Business Post is definitely the broadsheet to pick up today if you have an interest in any part of the development process. Also in the SBP today – the 100 Hot Start Up magazine, featuring no fewer than four advanced Irish proptech startups: Block Angel (founded by Andre Farrell), an end-to end software solution for residential landlords; LiveCosts (founded by Ciaran Brennan), a vital, real time, cost management solution for construction companies; Offr (founded by Robert Hoban, Philip Farrell and Niall Dawson) an estate agency software solution; and RooMigo (founded by Ed Burke) a community connector app for finding housemates.  Well done to all, this is particularly heartening as your Sunday Property Round-Up today is coming from Latvia. PropTech Ireland delivered a keynote address for Proptech Riga 2019 this week! I will write up and circulate all the shared learnings shortly.


For any Ireland-based women in propetech (not necessarily founders), you have until the 4th October to get your application submitted for the global Women in Proptech Awards. I am an international judge and would love to see Ireland well represented in the submissions: https://enterwomeninproptechawards2019


 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: 



























If you missed last week’s round-up, you can catch up here:



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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!)






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.


L-R: Ronan Furlong Executive Director of DCU Alpha Innovation Campus, Gavin Gallagher of PropTech TV, Carol Tallon of Property District and
Michael Kinsella of Kinsella Estates, Carnew & Gorey


In the Property Matters studio this week:


  • Gavin Gallagher of PropTech TV to discuss the WeWork IPO (aired just an hour before the founder stepped down!)


  • Ronan Furlong Executive Director of DCU Alpha Innovation Campus to discuss micro-mobility solutions for Irish cities and the legislative situation for e-scooter use


  • Michael Kinsella of Kinsella Estates Carnew & Gorey joined us to discuss the marketplace in South Wicklow and North Wexford


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  • The lead story in The Sunday Business Post by Killian Woods reads: ‘Fast track scheme set for overhaul as developers stall on thousands of homes: New report claims government embraced building lobby group’s suggestions lock, stock and barrel’. This is really two distinct stories, firstly, permission for more than 15,000 homes has been approved under SHD but no construction has started on 10,000 of those proposed new homes (or 47 of the 64 schemes approved).  The SHD is due to end this year so this report is likely to raise serious and important questions about the process. All the development details are mapped on on page 12 so I recommend getting hold of that (in print and digital) and reading through the findings. Secondly, this questions how much developers are “driving housing policy” and what the appropriate level of influence ought to be. To be clear, the industry needs to feed into policy-making, it’s the essential interpretation of housing data vs. what is happening on the ground. Both are required but, obviously, there needs to be balance.




  • Also in the SBP: McFeely’s assets to be sold as Priory Hall rebuild costs hit e52 million; the property section takes another look at building heights and “examine whether  skyscraper development will really help meet the capital’s critical housing needs”; local trainee estate agent Mark Duffy explains “Why rent pressure zones in Waterford could make matters worse”; Raymond Tutty talks about how “Cultural spaces can be saved without losing hotels too”; and Landmark Horgan Quay project secures Space (flexible office space provider) as first tenant.




  • In the Sunday Independent today Maeve Sheehan reports that a housing association lead by Sean O’Fearghall (FF TD and Ceann Comhairle) has admitted “errors of corporate governance”. There is an in-depth piece about this on page 10 that makes for concerning reading and raises exceptionally serious and damaging questions.




  • Also in the Independent: Alan O’Keeffe writes that ‘Home build targets won’t be met’; also, Lauren Coleman-Lochner reports that ‘Troubled Forever 21hits rails in talks with landlords (Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners)’, which is an increasing common retail trend in recent years. 




  • In The Sunday Times today, Colin Coyle reports that ’Solar farm will be albatross round neck of lahinch club’. The club objected to planning for 22,000 solar panels nearby on the basis that it would turn golfers off their game. Clare County Council agreed, the matter has now been appealed to ABP, with a decision due on January 2020.




  • The same journalist reports that Bartra has lodged further plans for a 182-unit co-living development on the site of the former Brady’s pub in Castleknock’.




  • Also in The Sunday Times today: Tristan Capital Partners is seeking permission for a further 200 homes on its 7.2 acre site at Aikens Village in Sandyford; and property editor Linda Daly opines that “As rents in Dublin move out of reach of the average one-wage household, landlords need to put the brakes on increasing prices”. 










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  • Paul leads mac-group from niche interior fit-out firm to multinational construction partner














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