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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: 

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  • Apartment defects the latest step in a sorry saga: Ever since a fire at West Dublin’s Verdemont in 2002, serious fire safety defects have been discovered in many apartment blocks built between 1991 and 2013. Is the Government willing to finally impose the building regulations needed to tackle the deadly scourge of building defects?

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!)


What started as #PropertyMatters, a single 60-minute show on Dublin South FM 93.9FM every Tuesday night, has now evolved into an online station hosting the very best construction, urban planning, property and proptech radio shows and podcasts from around the world. Our new website – produced by Hear Me Roar Media – offers audiences live and recorded access to global built environment content. To have your industry podcast included in the iPropertyRadio line-up, or to contribute as a guest on any of our shows, email the iPropertyRadio team at

In the Proptech Hot Seat on this week I chat to PJ Appleton, co-founder of Bloxspring, about the Proptech European ecosystem – including exciting founders and technologies being funded right now!

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  • Concerns about ‘traffic challenges’ at proposed development site in Cork city: The development would consist of 489 apartments, a 381 sqm crèche, and 4,112 sqm of office space in five blocks of up to eight storeys
  • Planning granted for controversial housing development on outskirts of Cork city: Residents say infrastructure in the area is “completely inadequate” to cope with the increased volume of cars the development is likely to generate.


  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2022 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
  • A new construction technology centre has received funding of €5 million to accelerate research and innovation within the construction sector. The centre will be hosted by NUI Galway and the consortium includes Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and University College Cork working with the Irish Green Building Council. In line with the Government’s Housing for All strategy, the new centre will have a particular focus on advancing innovation and productivity in residential construction. A team of researchers from across the Construction Technology Centre consortium, with expertise in the main areas of digital adoption, modern methods of construction and sustainability will be organised under five pillars to address the urgent areas of Productivity, Affordability & Cost; Quality and Safety; Sustainability; Skills and Training; and Collaboration.





Crowd-sourcing answers topical property questions:    

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. 

Join the Facebook Group here to contribute: