Sunday Property Round-Up September 5th, 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 Government launched its Housing for All plan on Thursday and the reaction commentary has been flooding the national, trade and new media – some of this commentary is more helpful than others.. We have collated a post with the Housing for All facts, the intent (as derived from launch speeches) and the reaction of the industry (SCSI, IPAV and RIAI), the business community, property consumers and political opposition. Also, you can read about efforts to tackle NIMBYism (not in my backyard), plans for the taxation of vacant sites and the missed opportunity to incentivise rightsizing…  Read in full: 













  • And yet: “I’ve lived around the world, but fell in love with Dublin – its people, its culture, its natural beauty, its history, and its sense of community. I want to invest in life here – build businesses and raise a family – but I’m not sure the Government wants me to… [*we are failing a generation of entrepreneurs in so many ways other than housing, however, following on from our successful RIPPLE shipping container build in 2016 (, I am working on a new live/work shipping container project in Galway right now, email to get involved: ]








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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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  • Irish construction materials and labour costs ‘climb amid global shortages’: “In particular, reinforcing bars, structural steel, aluminium curtain walling-panelling and copper have all seen substantial increases, ranging from 34.3% for reinforcing bars to 7.5% for copper,” according to the report.
























  • Trends to watch in Irish data centres, colocation and sustainability with Tom Gorman, Interxion










  • 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 * 












  • Real estate is a ‘people business’, but in the digital age, it’s also an online marketplace. One proptech company is giving listing agents a serious advantage over their competition…




  • Germany PropTech Market was valued at US$ 206.30 million in 2020 and is estimated to reach US$ 444.39 million With a CAGR of 10.4% Forecast 2028








Construction marketing






  • HINES strongly refute ‘inaccuracies’ re Holy Cross scheme



  • Report shows renewed investor focus on green assets: Hooke & MacDonald’s mid-year review also showed over half of residential spend in Dublin was on the private rented sector







  • Why now is the time to upgrade to a greener home

















  • Commercial property specialists CBRE Ireland today released their September bimonthly report, commenting on trends and transactions in all sectors of Ireland’s commercial property market as the Autumn selling season officially commences: 




  • Is a two-tier market in store for Dublin offices? Flights to quality have been witnessed in the past, but the repercussions of the pandemic have sped up the evolution of the office by a few years












  • Market Bar landlord sues pub operators in leasehold disputes: Investor Mark Conan is also seeking summary judgment against the operators of Idlewild and the Chelsea Drug Store in Dublin city centre



















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