Sunday Property Round-Up, September 8th, 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: 

















































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 have something different for you; we are joined in studio by Tom Gilligan, Director of Services at Mayo County Council and driver of the Vacant Homes initiative – The entirety of this show is focused on the issue of vacant homes right across the country.  We look at some of the solutions and incentives currently available to bring these vacant homes back into use at a time they are critically needed.

We are also joined by Evelyn Graham, Vacant Homes Officer with KIlkenny County Council and John Ryan, Vacant Homes Officer with Dublin City Council to get a deeper understanding of how vacant homes impact families in urban and rural areas.


Listen here:–September-3rd-2019—Vacant-Homes-Special-e58lnq



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  • Upmarket Makeover Takes Shape In Ballsbridge — Ballsbridge
























  • In the business section of the Sunday Independent today, Michael Cogley reports that The Collective, which is one of the world’s largest co-living providers, “is set to “ submit a planning application for a 235-room scheme at Fumbally, Dublin 8. The company’s Irish lead, James Penfold, is the featured business interview this week (page 4). 



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  • The lead story in the Sunday Independent – which is followed on in the property supplement – reads: ‘Fear factor now hits house prices’.  Residential property prices have been falling since the  start of the year (and much earlier in some areas). The biggest drops have been recorded in Dublin 4 (12.5%). Experts quoted in the report today cite poor consumer confidence but, frankly, this is more of a symptom than a cause. A fall in house prices this year was entirely inevitable, following the fall-off of construction activity in this market since last year. 



  • Conor Skehan has an interesting opinion piece in the Independent today: ‘We must dream big to build a brighter future in our capital: Great cities are the result of willpower overcoming inertia – and we leave a better urban legacy by looking beyond ourselves’. In it he talks about how it is “completely unrealistic” to continue to expect two-storey houses with front and back gardens in the city centre. He also points out the change in culture needed for BusConnects by highlighting that “passengers still use many of the same bus  routes originally established in the 1920s”.



  • Gene Kerregan writes that ‘Housing is too vital to leave to the market: A Surprising number of TDs are landlords – but that’s not the main reason for the housing crisis’. This particular piece is too cynical, with too many references to chancers, Charlie Haughey, brown envelopes and the Thatcher-Reagan revolution to be useful (or newsworthy).  




  • In the business section of The Irish Times today, Gavin Daly reports that “Property group Chartered Land is revising plans for the second phase of its flagship Lansdowne Place apartment scheme in Dublin, where the first phase is behind schedule”.



  • The featured business interview in the Times today is with Ires chief executive, Margaret Sweeney (page 6)  – this is well worth a read for anyone in the industry.



  • Also in the Times today: Cairn Homes has applied for permission for a further 400 homes in Newcastle; the consortium behind the former Clerys site is looking to increase the height previously panned by two storeys; Hibernia Reit is set to re-open the Dockers pub on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay; and Parkpnp (Garret Flower) secures funding from Sean Melly’s Powerscourt Capital and Jason Ballard (of NCPS).




  • In The Sunday Business Post today there is a feature on Press Up, Ireland’s largest and most successful hospitality group, lead by Paddy McKillennd Matt Ryan. Press Up has been one of the more vocal organisations, speaking out about Ireland’s planning regime, so this feature will be of interest to anyone in the hospitality and/or retail sectors. 



  • Also in The Sunday Business Post today: New Wicklow-based, home-staging service, Power2Design, is launched by Margaret Mallon; Irish virtual reality developers VRAI opens new office in Temple Bar after growing team to 12; the Southern Construct conference reports “There will never be a better time to invest in the construction sector”.
























  • Ulster Bank cuts home loan rates in bid to lure new buyers –


































  • Permission sought to complete housing development in Kenmare | Radio Kerry
























































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  • Dwellowner Announces First U.S. PropTech Security Token Offering – The Chestnut Post




  • Skanska forms proof of concept partnership for new technologies | Real Estate Weekly


























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