Posts by Laura

Positive Outlook for Ireland’s PRS

Earlier this month, the CEO of one of Ireland’s newest eits, Yew Grove Reit, detailed publicly why he believed the organisation was “insulated” from Covid-19. It might have seemed somewhat appeasing for shareholders, however, as the business funds are primarily invested in offices and industrial holding, with government and blue chip tenants, this assertion might…

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Preparing to get back on site – safely

Over the past few weeks, the industry focus has been on understanding and implementing emergency measures in response to Covid-19. We still do not have a full sense of the likely impact. The construction sector has been particularly badly hit by the shutdown and there is a strong feeling that we cannot allow current –…

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Covid measures in place for Property Industry

It is quite telling that the Construction Industry Federation is preparing its members for a gradual or staggered return to a changed workplace. Minister for Planning Eoghan Murphy made an order on March 29th extending all periods and timelines specified in the Planning Act by 23 days until April 20th, which is a welcome move…

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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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