Irish property and construction news

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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  • Delighted to see this. One-off housing delivers 5,000-7,000 new homes per year, irrespective of market conditions, and we need to embrace people’s choice to live on their own land, outside of urban centres: One-off rural housing to continue under new guidelines: Push towards compact settlements will see dramatic increase in density requirements for residential housing in towns, cities and suburbs

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. 

Want to have your industry podcast included or be a guest on our shows? Reach out to us at Last year, we hit a massive 7.5 million digital impressions across our brands and this figure is growing – Q4 2022/Q1 2023 we now have an  average of 765,876 digital impressions each month, not including radio listenership and website visits. Huge thanks to all of you for your continued support!

This week on iPropertyRadio… 

#Property Roundup

*Housing Crisis or Housing Emergency?*

John Hannigan, CEO of Circle Voluntary Housing Association joins us to discuss reclassifying our housing crisis as a housing emergency and what impact this would have.  John also breaks down delivery under the Housing For All scheme and explains why he believes current social housing targets are not robust enough.   

Listen back to the interview to hear about funding mechanisms, social housing delivery and learn just how important Approved Housing Bodies are to achieving these goals. 

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#Proptech Hot Seat

*Helping Corporations Meet Their ESG Goals*

In the Proptech Hot Seat with host Carol Tallon this week is Matt Ellis, CEO & Co-Founder of Measurabl, the world’s fastest-growing sustainability software, to discuss what Measurabl is and how it helps corporations achieve their ESG goals. 

Listen back to the full interview to hear Matt voice his insights on the real estate industry and give an overview of his long term goals for Measurabl.  Find out who the customers are and what problems Measurabl is helping them to solve. 

*Proptech Hot seat is sponsored by Proptech Ireland, the hub for innovators, investors and industry leaders.*

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*The Self-Build Journey*

This week on #BreakingGround host Carol Tallon chats to Tom and Ana Woods, selfbuilders in Mayo who – following a fruitless property search in and around Dublin – chose to purchase a site with a partially constructed building and are now in the process of turning it into their dream home. They are using direct labour hands – mainly their own, relying heavily on Tom’s dad (warning: self builders listening in will want to borrow Tom’s dad!).  

They join to discuss why they decided on the journey of self building, issues they ran into turn the pandemic and how they managed escalating construction costs.

*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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Produced by Katie Tallon, with Hear Me Roar Media on sound



  • Cork attractions make list of most visited OPW heritage sites in 2022: The Office of Public Works (OPW) announced on Tuesday that the number of recorded visitors last year exceeded 15 million, up by 2.3 million on 2021, an increase of 18%.
  • Phase 1 of Cork City to Passage West Greenway officially opened: 3km greenway provides a high-quality recreational and commuter corridor between Cork City Docklands and Mahon tracing the route of the 19th century Cork, Blackrock, and Passage Railway line


  • Housing Minister turned the sod to commence development of 133 cost rental apartments at Belgard Square North in Tallaght. JJ Rhatigan have been appointed by the Council for the construction works with the development expected to be completed in 2025.


  • 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 👉



  • ‘I love it’: Woman moves in to one of 95 new homes created on site vacant for 17 years: Tanya O’Connell, who moved in about five weeks ago, said the new home has made a “huge difference” to her and her daughter’s lives.




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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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