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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: 

  • HELP NEEDED: ‘Quarter of Dublin homeless charity’s beds occupied by taxi drivers, retail staff and tradespeople, including van drivers and lorry drivers, scaffolders, electricians and construction workers’ – This is entirely unacceptable at a time of severe labour shortages in the construction industry – what can WE (collectively) do about this? Single men are most at risk, particularly following relationship breakdown. Please email to discuss ideas and supports: 
  • The former financial controller of a major New York construction company founded by Kerry siblings has been sentenced to jail for his role in a payroll scheme that defrauded unions of funds intended for the benefit of union workers.
  • Industry advocacy: We don’t normally share memes or platitudes etc on our social media channels, however, we posted the image below this week as it really hit on our core ethos as a provider to Ireland’s construction and real estate sectors at a time of chronically poor policy-making. And it clearly hit a nerve with the people who ensure our content achieves in excess of 700,000 digital impressions every month: Surround yourself with people who fight for you in rooms you aren’t in – to us, this is the very crux of positive industry influence, advocacy and impact. It defines and dictates our work through Property District, Proptech Ireland, MMC Ireland, and most recently, Construction Ireland. 

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!)


We are excited to share the growth of iPropertyRadio! What started as #PropertyMatters, a 60-minute weekly show on Dublin South FM 93.9FM over 4 years ago, has now evolved into a global online station for the best construction, urban planning, property and proptech content. Check out our website,, brought to you by Hear Me Roar Media for live and recorded access to all the week’s built environment news. 

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This week on iPropertyRadio… 

#Property Roundup

This week on #PropertyRoundup, we chat to Sean Corbett QFA, Mortgage Sales Director with Sean talks about helping home buyers and an increasing number of buy-to-let investors to navigate Ireland’s shrinking mortgage market at a time of rising interest rates. He explains some of the key differences between the four lenders in the marketplace, including who assumes promotions for civil servants and who goes that extra mile for the self-employed! 

Sean also talks about properties that are simply not mortgageable.

*Property Roundup is sponsored by Ireland’s Property District, your industry communications partner:

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#Proptech Hot Seat

In the Proptech Hot Seat with host Carol Tallon this week is Kyle Spencer and David Blumenfeld, Co-Founders of NextRivet. NextRivet’s focus on digital innovation opportunities, supported by an expansive network of solutions, makes them an ideal source of consultation for the real estate innovation space. Kyle and David talk through how they assist corporations bridge the gap between physical and digital processes by turning theoretical innovation concepts into tangible, results-driven initiatives. They discuss who their customers are and what problems they are helping to solve. Listen back to the full interview to hear the long term vision for NextRivet! Proptech Hot seat is sponsored by Proptech Ireland, the hub for innovators, investors and industry leaders.

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*The State of Irish Planning 2023*

This week on #BreakingGround on iProperty Radio, I chat to Seán O’Leary MIPI, Senior Planner with the Irish Planning Institute about the current state of planning in Ireland. 

Sean gave us an overview of planning right now and an update on the planning reform proposed. We discuss the reputational challenges facing the sector, in light of recent controversy, and ways to make a career in planning more attractive to the next generation of talent. 

Also, read Sean’s recent opinion piece on ‘Go Away Money’ in the Irish Independent:

*Breaking Ground is sponsored by PLACEengage – Your Virtual Town Hall, a data-driven platform for more successful public consultation and community engagement for your next development project

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  • Business group calls for regional airports to be prioritised over expansions in Dublin: Limerick Chamber wants airports like Cork and Shannon included in the Regional Airport Programme to increase investment and support the introduction of business routes to Northern Europe


  • The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued its judgement in the case of C-444/21 EU Commission v Ireland – 2021/03933, known as the Measures Case. The case concerns the implementation of the Habitats Directive, transposed in Ireland via S.I. No. 477/2011 – European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011. The Directive requires Ireland to identify a network of sites (Natura 2000 sites) where important or endangered animal or plant species, or certain rare or vulnerable habitat types are present to a degree that is significant at a European level.
  • Former deputy chair of An Bord Pleanála pleads guilty to two breaches of planning laws: Mr Hyde appeared at Skibbereen District Court where Judge was told that he was pleading guilty to two breaches of Section 147 of the Planning and Development Act.
  • Plans for A&E extension at CUH appealed to An Bord Pleanála: Plans attracted numerous observations and submissions at the Cork City Council planning stage, from local residents and state bodies such as the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), and Irish Water.
  • BAM: Developing sustainable construction and reducing environmental impact – BAM, as verified by its leadership position on the CDP A-List, is conscious of the duty it has in the vanguard of developing sustainable construction


  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2023 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: * * and email product or service details to
  • Proptech Ireland: Ireland’s CONSTRUCTION and REAL ESTATE ESG technologies resource hub. Confused about how and where to start on your ESG journey? Contact us 👉



  • SIX in 10 houses sold in Limerick City and four in ten in the county in the last three months have been sold by landlords getting out of the rental market




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As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) was rebranded in 2018 and now appears as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here:

From 2020, the publishers and I wanted to ensure the content remains topical and we are now doing this by crowd-sourcing home buyer and investor queries, with crowd-sourced and editorial team answers. 

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