Vacant Ireland


Free house!


In Leitrim.


Via Irish Examiner:

The Residential Buildings Report for the fourth quarter of 2021 was published today by GeoDirectory, and prepared by EY.

The number of vacant properties in Q4 of 2021 represented 4.4% of the national housing stock, a marginal decrease on last year.

The counties with the highest rates of vacant properties were Leitrim (13.3%), Mayo (11.9%) and Roscommon (11.6%). Dublin had the lowest vacancy rate with 1.4%, followed by Kildare (2.1%), Waterford and Louth (both 2.8%).

Furthermore, there were 22,096 residences classed as derelict in 202…

County by County: Where Ireland’s vacant properties are (Irish Examiner)


….Social Democrats Housing Spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan said:

“These figures provide further evidence that the government’s housing policy is failing. The fact that Ireland has more than 9,000 people who are homeless, and more than 90,000 homes that are vacant, is a damning indictment of the government.

“Almost one in 20 homes across the state are empty. This is a conservative estimate. On the night of the last census in 2016, there were 316,605 empty homes in Ireland. More than 180,000 of these showed no sign of use in the previous three months.

“The government is doing nothing about this. They are sitting on their hands. Using the existing building is the most environmentally sustainable approach. It is also the most socially sustainable approach.

“The government must urgently introduce a tax on vacant buildings; use Compulsory Purchase Orders to turn vacant houses into homes; and introduce Compulsory Sale Orders to get some of these properties into use. This crisis will not solve itself – the government must take action.”


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9 thoughts on “Vacant Ireland

  1. goldenbrown

    it’s ok tho

    sausagefingers will probably give you “up to €30k” to refurb yourself a derelict


  2. Rob_G

    I agree with the SocDems spokesperson, but to bring this argument to its logical conlcusion, we should move all of the long-term unemployed people housed by the state in Dublin, out of Dublin to Roscommon and Leitrim, etc, to free up Dublin’s housing stock for people who actually have pressing need to be there, but I doubt he will be in favour of that.

    1. scottser

      in fairness rob, only you feel like that.

      but to the business at hand, how many of these 90,000 properties are up to rental standards and built to regulations? how many are in receivership or probate, or contested or have wonky title? there’s usually a very good reason these properties aren’t occupied.
      the state already taxes a second home that you don’t reside in. local authorities already operate a buy and renew scheme for vacant properties in their jurisdiction. they’ve been using CPOs for years but they take ages to complete.
      i’m not hearing anything new in this rant.

  3. Zaccone

    It’d be fairly easy to make a massive dent in this by introducing a vacant homes tax. Tax the property at 2% of its value every year its vacant and watch a huge chunk of them get sold off and actually put to use.

    1. TessFlynn

      The value of most of these properties is tiny – there are tens of thousands of 1940s and 50s, 3 room cottages in Connacht that would not meet rental standards and are used for storage or as a electricity and water supply for a farm. The property tax on many of them is already over 2% – they are primarily kept so that people can get planning permission easier when their kids want to knock it down to build.

  4. Gabby

    Wilkommen in Leitrim, Roskommon und Donegal, wo die Sonne manchmal scheint und der Regen fällt oft.

  5. Dave

    Isn’t it only great, the answer to everything in this country seems to be more taxes , vacant houses , cheap drink , coal , petrol , cigs etc meanwhile the billionaires get richer!!

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