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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:

Housing for All: Q4 2022 Progress Report published

Minister Donohoe launches updated Project Ireland 2040 Progress Tracker

Green light for €450m state scheme subsidising private apartments: The Croí Cónaithe Cities scheme will provide builders with between €25,000 and €144,000 per unit (State media release: Minister O’Brien welcomes approval for scheme designed to deliver thousands of build-to-buy apartments

Why builders won’t build in the middle of a housing crisis – Renovations are far more economically viable for builders but they are absorbing resources and making it increasingly hard to build new homes

Planners will face fines for missing deadlines under proposed new planning law

An Bord Pleanála and planning regulator caution against fines for delayed decisions: Draft planning Bill includes penalties for failing to meet decision deadlines

An Bord Pleanála being ‘overwhelmed’ with surge in judicial review cases

An Bord Pleanála’s 15-person board down to six members: Between 700 and 800 planning decisions delayed due to lack of board members Also: Homes on hold as not enough An Bord Pleanála board members to make decisions

Planning change in bid to stop homeowners hiding extension notices from neighbours: An upcoming bill aims to stem complaints over hard-to-spot planning notices and would mirror rules in North and Britain – Proposed amendment to upcoming bill is that any homeowner or developer seeking planning permission would have to contact all the immediate neighbours, rather than just erecting notices outside their homes

Increasing spending on Housing Assistance Payment is a bad sign: ‘We need both wage increases and serious efforts to bring down the cost of housing,’

What’s Next For The Multifamily Industry?

10 of Ireland’s best buildings, from prehistory to the 21st century: As entries open for the RIAI Awards 2023, we nominate contenders for an all-time list of the best Irish architecture

Growing unease over Chinese domination of applications to Irish ‘golden visa’ scheme: Anxiety in Government as all but 41 of 1,316 applications last year came from people in China amid geopolitical tumult

Fear shortfall of surveyors will impact Ireland’s housing and construction output: Room at the table for 1,100 more surveyors by 2026, the mammoth ‘Burlo’ gathering of 1,300 SCSI diners hears

Going is good for Paddy Jordan, the agent behind some of Ireland’s most lucrative stud sales: Stud farms for oil-rich sheikhs, mansions for media moguls, humble three-bed semi-Ds: Paddy Jordan has bought and sold them all in the course of a storied career

Leading estate agent Paul Grimes snr saw his family as his greatest achievement: Real Estate Alliance (REA) co-founder, who died on Sunday, excelled at building working relationships

Radical thinking – Is living in an empty office the answer to the housing crisis? Remote work has emptied downtowns across the US – and that space could be used to create desperately needed affordable housing

Sarah Paulson Shows Off Her 500-Square-Foot Mobile Home in Malibu — See Inside! The beachside property is “tiny, tiny” in scale, says Paulson, but bold design choices give it major character

EU at 50: Ireland’s love affair with Europe is still going strong – but the potential for even greater success is still huge

Oireachtas body asked to examine immigrant investor programme: Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy asked the Public Accounts Committee to discuss a number of issues as government considers suspending the scheme entirely

If you missed last week’s round-up, you can catch up here:


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This week on iPropertyRadio…

Bringing Ireland’s Town Centres Back to Life

This week on ‘Property Matters’ on iPropertyRadio, host Carol Tallon is joined by Ali Harvey, founder of the Collaborate Town Centre Health Check  (CTCHC) Programme in the Heritage Council, to discuss the latest CTCHC research, current initiatives – including the vacant homes supports and other State initiatives dedicated to bringing unused properties back into use.

Watch back and listen back:

ESG drivers – Greenwashing  – What technologies can make a difference?

In the Proptech Hot Seat with host Carol Tallon this week is Tim Streather, Managing Director of Spica Technologies, to discuss ESG drivers, including financial incentives, legislation and corporate PR/reputation building and management.

We also explore why there isn’t more being done today and what technologies can make a difference, with a focus on AI building automation.

Watch back and listen back:

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  • Event centre construction could start in Q2 of 2023: “We are currently working on completing our designs and costings for the event centre in conjunction with Live Nation, all going well we would hope to commence construction in the second quarter of 2023”
  • Multi-million redevelopment of Crawford gets go-ahead from Council: The proposed redevelopment is a milestone project for the gallery, which hasn’t seen a significant State investment in over 20 years
  • Rare bee orchids creating quite a buzz in Midleton: The species of bee is set to be introduced at a new location by BAM and Cork County Council as part of infrastructural works currently underway in Water Rock, Midleton.


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  • The Irish Business Design Challenge (IBDC) is open to all micro, small and medium enterprises in Ireland that have designed sustainable products, services, or strategies that have benefited their customers, communities and the environment at large (deadline today!)




  • Lululemon, Doc Martens or toy giant Lego: New brands in the running for Cork’s St Patrick’s St: As Spanish chain Mango is set to open, a deal is being finalized to let the former Dorothy Perkins/Evans store and a new tenant is being sought for the former Oasis premises



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