Official Ireland can’t comprehend how fast the country is growing. That’s a big problem
Official Ireland's view is that the country will grow slowly. In reality, as the census shows, Ireland is one of the fastest-growing countries in Europe. This failure to plan for growth has had catastrophic consequences for Irish infrastructure – not least its housing.
28th Jun, 2022 - 6 min read
A Galway planning dispute is heating up – and the Comers are on the hook for €11.4m
Galway developer Alber has planning permission for over 100 homes on a Comer site, but has yet to pay for it. The property is at the centre of parallel legal and rezoning clashes.
20th Jun, 2022 - 4 min read
From a blacked-out former car showroom in Dublin 6, an anonymous collective is taking a stand for artists
Dublin City Council has issued its fourth legal action against SUBSET, an artistic collective behind striking city centre murals. SUBSET believes the litigation is an attempt by the council to become the arbitrator of what constitutes acceptable art.
26th May, 2022 - 4 min read
A property investor is suing three individuals in a row over a €160m student accommodation scheme
Three people living near a student accommodation project in Goatstown, Dublin 14 – one of them head of development for a co-living company – are being sued by an investor for "wrongfully delaying" the project.
25th Jan, 2022 - 4 min read
Emigration, the pre-Independence Labourers Acts and lessons for today’s housing policy
In the decades preceding 1916, British rulers subsidised homes to dampen the demand for Irish independence – with long-lasting consequences. What the Free State did next with this social housing stock helps explain the national property psyche.
14th Dec, 2021 - 8 min read
Norway’s renewables giant Statkraft has invested €300m in Ireland. This is just the beginning
In just three years, the Norwegian state-owned electricity group has become the fastest-growing green power company in Ireland. This is the story of its expansion in Ireland - what it owns, its financial strategy, and what is coming next.
13th Oct, 2021 - 24 min read
After 3 years and 5 bidders, the city council has pulled plans to redevelop Dublin’s iconic Pigeon House power station
In 2018, DCC asked Ireland’s biggest developers to build a new quarter in Poolbeg on a 7-acre site that would have housed and employed thousands of people. Why have they killed the project this week?
17th Sep, 2021 - 8 min read
We need to get real about planning objections: Why housing should bring together atheists and Opus Dei
When it comes to housing, there have been far too many people expressing opinions that a proposed new development isn't perfect – and therefore should not take place.
3rd Aug, 2021 - 7 min read
“All reasonable searches”: Information Commissioner orders Dublin City Council to restart Ronan’s building heights FOI
Ronan Group Real Estate has been locked in a two-year battle with DCC to try and uncover its thinking about development heights and densities in key parts of Dublin.