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.”
Fine Gael Deputy Emer Higgins and Senator John Cummins hold a media conference on the plinth about restoring vacant homes and buildings for residential use through new and existing policy measures ahead of a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing.
Social Democrats Housing Spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan said:
“The Government is failing to tackle the issue of vacancy. We have thousands of people who are homeless and thousands of houses that are empty. In some areas over 11pc of properties are vacant – that is after you exclude houses that are vacant for a known reason. This has to change. We have to turn these houses into homes.”
“A report commissioned from GeoDirectory shows that vacancy rates are as high as 11.5pc in some of our towns. In total, 19 Local Electoral Areas were examined in detail and vacancy rates ranged from 0.2pc in Clontarf to more than 11pc in Kanturk and Bantry. Another survey by local authorities showed that vacancy rates are 5.2pc in Mayo, 4.4pc in Waterford and 4.2pc in Limerick. These levels are far too high.
“There are clear solutions to addressing vacancy. The Government should immediately introduce a tax on vacant houses and stop stalling with vague promises of action at some future stage.”
Making the best of things at the junction of Adelaide Road and Harcourt Road, Dublin .
(Pix: Oisín Kane)
Artist Mike Doyle creates incredible, eerily derelict Victorian mansions from Lego. His latest ‘Victorian on Mud Heap’ (top), used nearly 130,000 pieces and took 600 hours to complete. Sez he:
For me, this piece speaks to the inherent unpredictability of those things which we call our foundation. Like a little dollhouse, a seemingly secure home is plucked up and set on a new path. This charming home, lovingly embellished with ornamental fancy was no match for nature. The fancy embellishments serve as a reminder of our earlier focus on the material world, while the aftermath removes us from that focus. The piece offers no answers or necessarily any hope, but rather points to life’s fragility.
More pix and close-up detail here.