Posts by Laura

Housing Policy: Is the proverbial tail wagging the dog?

Last week it came to light that the objections of 280 local residents – supported by some local councillors – derailed the zoning of lands capable of being developed to house close to 10,000 people in and around Dublin. After a lively council meeting earlier this week (as reported in the Irish Times), Dublin City…

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Not-In-My-Back-Yard… But where?

Earlier this week the Irish Times ran a story about a delay by Dublin City Council in rezoning development lands across Dublin city. The sites in question are former/disused industrial lots and the delay by Dublin city councillors has been attributed to objections by local residents to the planned rezoning. Certainly, it is important to…

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It’s not all about urban planning, strategic land management must be prioritised

Earlier this week, the Irish Times published a thought-provoking article by Philip Lawton, assistant professor of geography at TCD, and Niamh Moore-Cherry, associate professor, UCD school of geography, titled ‘The call to relocate Dublin Port is based on faulty thinking’. Frankly, there are two very distinct schools of thought about this particular site/area within the…

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The future of short-term rental properties in Dublin

he future of short-term rental properties in Dublin  As a property investment strategy, short-term rentals fall squarely into one of two categories; they are for niche operators or they are an interim phase in the overall execution of a larger development project. Most seasoned residential investors will have engaged in short-term lettings at some stage,…

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“With uncertainty, there is never a dull moment” ~ Haresh Sippy

It has certainly been an interesting week…. You will undoubtedly have been subjected to all manner of speculation in recent days about the shape of Ireland’s next Government, the identity of our next Housing Minister and how this is likely to impact on existing policy and pending policy changes. There is nothing helpful we can…

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In the year of the mega-deal, what did we miss?

2019 was a record-breaking year for commercial property in Ireland. The final year of what was a turbulent decade has been aptly characterised as the ‘year of the mega-deal’. Indeed, there were 18 individual commercial deals that exceeded €100 million. As a result of these exceptional levels of activity, many other significant deals flew below…

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Construction Sector under ‘Celtic Tiger Levels of Pressure’

You may have read in this morning’s Irish Times, journalist Eoin Burke Kennedy reports that the construction industry in Ireland has hit a surprisingly overheated state, with pressure levels being described as “Celtic Tiger levels” as a result of the significant rise in costs. Kennedy examines a study conducted by property consultants Mitchell McDermott, which…

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Business case for investment and development outside Dublin is strong

As Election Day 2020 looms, the political chatter is getting louder and louder; rest assured we have no intention of adding to that. But… is it significant that housing, climate action and agriculture have emerged as the big ticket issues for the electorate on this occasion. Whatever your political leanings and preferences, it is important…

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