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Vacant houses…. July 15, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

How is this a surprise?

There are almost 260,000 vacant homes across the country, preliminary figures from the latest census show, prompting campaigners and housing experts to call for urgent action to address the State’s “dysfunctional” housing system.


Dr Lorcan Sirr, lecturer in housing studies and urban economics at the Dublin Institute of Technology, said that when holiday homes were taken out of the figures, the 198,000 vacant homes represented 9.7 per cent of the total housing stock. “The vacancy rate is roughly twice what it should be,” he said.

Which in the context of the current housing crisis is, as Simon is quotes as saying in the report, scandalous.


1. Jim Monaghan - July 15, 2016

There has been little mention of ghost estates in a while. On a county by county basis, it would be interesting to dig down on this. On tripos to Manorhamilton where my partner’s brother lives, I see lots of houses in what are villages far from jobs etc. In the Manorhamiliton, itself, he tells me quite nice 4 bed room semis were sold at , I think 40,000 or less. An unemployed friend of my eldest went to live in Carrick-on -Shannon where he rents a house for less than 500€. The tragedy is that regional development was destroyed by McCreevey who spread the cream so thin as it make it meaningless. We could develop at most 5/6 major centres outside Dublin, (Cork, Galway, Sligo, Kilkenny and Dundalk and Waterford) which would have enough to attract industry etc. And while I am for broadband for all, i is not all that is needed.


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sonofstan - July 15, 2016

. “We could develop at most 5/6 major centres outside Dublin, (Cork, Galway, Sligo, Kilkenny and Dundalk and Waterford) ”

What’s your problem with Limerick, Jim? 🙂


gendjinn - July 15, 2016

Angela’s Ashes. Totally ruined Limerick for me. /s


Liberius - July 15, 2016


It’s a good idea to consult the CSO’s statsbank if you want a good view as to where the vacancies are; mostly in places people don’t want to live in being the answer; just looking at the full vacancy rate for Dublin City (9%) and comparing it to Donegal (28.2%) gives you the clue. Still too high in Dublin, but the other places are more predictable, both from the point of view of lack of desirability and a lack of spatial planing (though anyone believing that is going to change is living in fantasy land).

For what it’s worth, I don’t think you can force people to live in Donegal (and other parts of the sticks) if they don’t want to, so the answer is still the construction of new homes in places where people want to live.


2. gendjinn - July 15, 2016

Is there information on duration of vacancy? If it’s long term then an aggressive squatting campaign is in order, provided the housing stock is accessible by foot or public transport.

“As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.”


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