It might have been a great weekend for Ireland (thanks to St. Patrick and the entire Irish rugby team!) but it has been a less than stellar morning here in Wicklow as we have woken up to unexpected snow drifts – so much for a light dusting.

The car is not going anywhere today so the only broadsheet articles included in the round-up this week are those available online.  Below is a weekly catch-up on the property stories that caught my attention.  As always, you might let me know if I have missed out on any interesting property news by emailing


(Apologies in advance for any typos, it’s difficult to get good help on a Sunday!)


Sunday Read


Trends from MIPIM


The long weekend might be a good time to catch up on European and global industry trends.  Although I missed MIPIM in Cannes this year, reading up on all the hot topics – in between yacht party shots, of course –   there appears to be a growing focus on proptech, data and offsite manufacturing.



  • Observations from MIPIM:



Trending Property Stories


New guidelines on the design of apartments







[Any headline here will read as unpatriotic…]


‘Extraordinary’ – Varadkar under fire after revealing details of intervention over Doonbeg wind farm proposal

  • Varadkar recounts first Trump conversation – which was about Doonbeg – at Speaker’s Lunch
  • As then-Sports Minister Varadkar made call to Clare County Council about planning application
  • Taoiseach says application ‘probably have been declined anyway’
  • Opposition call for detailed explanation
  • Clare County Council say ‘no representation by Leo Varadkar’ on planning file


Other property news












Industry happenings


  • Congratulations to the team at Stewart Construction for being named Ireland’s Best Managed Company for 2018 by Deloitte. Director Rachael Stewart explains:


Most people think a building project is just about price, but we know the real key to successful delivery relies on the people, the place and the all-important processes. We have been quick to embrace new technologies and deploy them in regional areas, I have no doubt that this has made all the difference“.



  • Insights from the latest Cushman & Wakefield quarterly bulletin, which provides an overview of the office and industrial markets in Cork, Limerick and Galway:








The generous people at Future:Proptech extended a special St. Patrick’s Day weekend discount for Irish property professionals, innovators and investors heading over to their London conference in May (discount code Carol2018 for 20% off – I’m not working for them or on commission, I’m just looking forward to a great conference!)



  • PropTech Baltics has announced the launch ofRealBox, the first PropTech sandbox in the world, aimed at companies worldwide and inviting them to test and pilot their projects in Lithuania. The innovative concept, unveiled on March 14 during the MIPIM real estate exhibition in Cannes, France, is a global first and is aimed at all PropTech companies including service parking, RE management, VR and big data:




  • To keep up-to-date on all things tech and innovation for the planning, construction and property industries, head over to, the national resource website for innovators, investors and mentors or email .

Property Insiders Guide


As many of you might know, my annual property book The Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook (since 2011) has undergone a rebrand for 2018 and will now appear as part of The Property Insider series, published by Oak Tree Press, the first three titles are now published and available here.

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