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23/03/2017

‘Ghost’ estates still cast a shadow in Ireland

Words: Roger Milne
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More than 40 housing developments remain unfinished in areas of high demand, with no works under way on some despite the housing crisis, according to a report by Ireland’s Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

The report suggests that 42 ‘ghost’ estates remain in built-up areas, despite an overall reduction across the country.

There are two in Meath, three each in Galway and Cork cities, nine in Wicklow, 10 in Kildare and 15 in Dublin city.

The report said 1,121 houses and apartments are complete but vacant in the 420 remaining unfinished developments.

Works are taking place in just 15 of these sites.

South Dublin County Council is the only local authority in the country with no unfinished developments.

Damien English, minister for housing and urban renewal, said that 248 estates were resolved last year, with 2,000 homes being used for social housing.

The government expected to buy or lease another 1,300 this year, with a focus on areas where demand for homes is highest.

The report also indicated that councils are taking legal action against 123 owners or receivers to bring the estates up to a safe standard and in line with planning permission.

The state has spent well over €15 million tackling estates left unfinished or unoccupied after the property crash a decade ago.

The report can be found here (pdf).

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