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Weekly Irish property market news and insights – for the industry, by the industry  

Happy New Year, welcome to the first ‘Sunday Property Roundup’  of 2024. 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:

  • We are delighted to be involved in The National Property Awards 2024 for the third consecutive year.  This is fast becoming the highlight of Ireland’s property calendar, recognising not only excellence but also innovation across our industry. In addition to showing the best in construction and real estate, it is fantastic to see the award categories include sustainability, placemaking, CSR (incorporating social value), buyers’ agency and future leaders, which we are particularly excited about! Entries are now open and we look forward to showcasing and celebrating the very best of the built environment… 

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!)

SUNDAY LISTEN – iProperty Radio

In January, iProperty Radio celebrates 5 years of broadcast! What started as a one-hour radio show for the industry, airing live from Dublin every week, is now the global hub for radio shows, podcasts and video interviews focusing on the built environment. By embracing creation, rather than fearing competition, we brought some of the very best industry content together in one place and the channel now features shows on resi and commercial real estate, proptech, construction, sustainability and placemaking, from Ireland, the UK, Mainland Europe, America and Australia – the uniting theme is one of innovation and a shared mission to spread interesting ideas that have the potential to transform the built environment for the better. Huge thanks to all of the show hosts, production teams, expert guests, brave innovators who dare to do things differently, and a special word of thanks to YOU the industry for demonstrating your support though every view, listen and download – we appreciate every single one!  Looking at the Irish marketplace, Property District is starting 2024 with an average of 1.5+ million digital impressions PER MONTH across our brands, including iProperty Radio, Irish Real Estate and Breaking Ground – Ireland’s Construction hub, which is huge for this industry. Thank you. And if you are toying with the idea of a new podcast or video show in 2024 that will add value to the industry, contact to discuss a strategy. 

#Property Roundup

Joining us on the first ‘Property Roundup’ show of 2024 is Patrick Davitt, CEO of IPAV – Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers and advocate for Ireland’s property market. Pat shares insights from IPAV’s Conveyancing Survey 2023 – 97% of auctioneers say that they are either frustrated by the conveyancing process or that the delays in the process are having a detrimental effect on business, and 73% of consumers said conveyancing caused a problem when purchasing a home. He also discusses the legislative Bill underpinning the new Sellers’ Legal Pack (currently at committee stage), which proposes to cut conveyancing times by 50%.

Also, the iProperty Radio team, in partnership with, will be travelling across the country in 2024, meeting estate agents and learning about rental and sales trends on the ground. If you would like to get involved in these ‘Property Roundup’ shows, email

*Property Roundup is sponsored by, Ireland’s most visited property website 

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#Proptech Hot Seat

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*New Construction Leaders series for 2024*

Producer Katie Tallon and all the team at Property District are excited to unveil the new Construction Leader series on ‘Breaking Ground’ for 2024 – we look forward to hearing from the visionaries and change-makers shaping our skylines and serving communities (there will be a special focus on recruitment challenges and attracting new talent into the industry).

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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Breakfast Show with Ciara Kelly and Shane Coleman

New eligibility criteria to the Incremental Tenant Purchase Scheme, which enables tenants to purchase the local authority home they live in, will come into effect from the 29th of this month – But is this a good idea?   Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast to discuss was Rory Hearne, Associate Professor of Social Policy at Maynooth University and author of ‘Gaffs’  and Carol Tallon, CEO of Property District and Author of Irish Property Buyers Handbook Series | Newstalk

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The Home Show

Carol Tallon joined Sinead Ryan on  ‘The Home Show’  on Newstalk: 

“Planning is not just A problem, it’s THE problem” – does the new Planning & Development Bill go far enough?

Also, learn why offsite and other MMC (including modular) was the construction success story of 2023… Listen back: 



  • BusConnects officials urged to formally take Beaumont Quarry proposals off the table: Beaumont Quarry, an abandoned limestone quarry situated near Páirc Uí Rinn, is a popular recreational area on Cork city’s southside, and is a sanctuary for urban wildlife


RURAL IRELAND: There is a new group being set up for housing developers, property investors and estate agents trying or intending to deliver new homes, businesses or important infrastructure in rural Ireland – email in confidence to


  • Planning refused for Killarney apartments amid fears of impact on bats: Application failed because of concern about how artificial lighting might disturb Lesser Horseshoe Bats on their way to and from roost in the nearby demesne area of the National Park


  • Proptech Ireland is updating the database of 2024 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 👉



  • Rental property inspections increase in Cork city but failure rates still over 50%: Local representatives – failure rates should be even lower and the landlords, who are paid by the city council, should keep the property to a good standard




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. 

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