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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:

  • According to a new report by leading consultants Mitchell McDermott (, construction costs for apartment buildings rose by 9.6% in 2022, resulting in an increase of between €21,000 to €25,000 per 2-bed apartment. The total cost for a mid-range suburban 2-bed apartment is now estimated to be over €460,000. The report also found that construction inflation for commercial offices rose by 12% but is expected to moderate to between 5% and 7% in 2023. Furthermore, the report revealed a 79% drop in the number of judicial reviews taken against Strategic Housing Developments (SHDs) last year, but due to a backlog at An Bord Pleanála, 59% of 2022 SHD applications have yet to be decided upon, stalling the future of 29,000 housing units. Mitchell McDermott is calling for planners to be drafted in to clear the backlog. Between 2018 and 2022, a total of 31,000 units were subjected to judicial reviews, 10,727 have been quashed, and 17,805 are still awaiting a decision from the courts. Additionally, 28,000 units with planning permission have not yet commenced, with half of those due to viability issues. Paul Mitchell, one of the authors of the report, stated that while 2022 was a year of two halves, there are signs that the current inflationary cycle may be coming to an end. He also emphasized the need for additional resources and workers in the construction industry in order to push inflation lower and increase apartment output. The report author also highlighted the importance of addressing the planning system in order to scale up supply and meet housing targets. Also: ‘In an emergency you take radical action and housing is an emergency’: The Government needs to bite its tongue and take dramatic action if the ongoing crisis is to end, Paul Mitchell, of construction experts Mitchell McDermott say

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(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!)


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This week on iPropertyRadio

A vision for Dublin, despite a “broken and dysfunctional” planning system

On ‘Breaking Ground’ on this week, Carol Tallon chats to  Tony Reddy, Chairman Reddy Architecture + Urbanism  about why the Irish planning system is no longer functioning effectively to meet the needs of our society; why European planning practice should be our vision for the future; and the impact of a poorly functioning planning system on Ireland’s ability to attract Foreign Direct Investment.

“Communities are increasingly concerned; developers, architects and planners frustrated, and politicians under constant pressure due to issues arising from almost every development proposal, particularly for new housing schemes…”

Watch back and listen back:

Expansion through partnership: Proptech collaboration to drive industry improvements 

In the Proptech Hot Seat with host Carol Tallon this week are Oli Fargo, CEO of Coyote, and Peter Rose, Director of Forbury and Head of UK, to discuss their strategic partnership and what this new offering means for portfolio owners.

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  • Residents take High Court action over plans for apartments in Donnybrook, Dublin
  • Permission refused for Douglas apartment complex proposal: Nine submissions or objections were made in relation to the plans, including from Inland Fisheries Ireland, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, and Irish Water.


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