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Economist David McWilliams


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Give him a shovel and he might complete a ghost estate.

David McDreamy writes:

My daughter suggested that maybe a good thing would be to give the Syrians the tools to complete these houses that were half-built. This doesn’t sound preposterous. After all, Japanese women rebuilt much of urban Japan with rudimentary tools after the Second World War…

Let the homeless refugees breathe new life into our ghost estates (David McWilliams)

Earlier: A Spin Out Of Crisis


The tastefully-promoted Belmayne Estate on the Malahide Road at Clare Hall, Dublin in 2007.

It never stood a ghost of a chance.

Or did IT?

I refer to Olivia Kelly’s article “Dublin ghost estate of Belmayne redeveloped for social housing”  As a resident of Belmayne I am livid at such a negative and ill-informed portrayal.

Belmayne is an attractive, well-planned development, with a lovely sense of community, an active residents’ association, an amazing youth cluband wonderful community allotments. It is well served by two national schools, children’s playgrounds, excellent public transport links and is easily accessible to the local villages of Malahide and Portmarnock. I feel truly blessed to have wonderful neighbours, good hard working professional people I know I can rely on.

In particular, I take offence to the comments attributed tothe Clúid spokeswoman Karen Kennedy. While not without its problems, like any new estate, I have never witnessed anything remotely resembling the “highrates of anti-social behaviour, rubbish piled up on the streets” or dereliction which she depicts. And I have been here longer than Clúid has.

I also take issue with your reference to Belmayne as a ghost estate. The development has always had a high level of occupancy, as evidencedby the fact that it never appeared on the Revenue Commissioner’s list of some 2,700 ghost estates.

My neighbours have strived hard to build a community with asense of identity and pride. Belmayne might have been Ireland after the property crash. Your article makes it sound like Berlin after the war. It was never thus.

Dermot Regan,
Dublin 13

Belmayne not a ghost estate (Irish Times letters)

Dublin ghost estate of Belmayne redeveloped for social housing (Olivia Kelly, Irish Times)

Previously: Remember When Gorgeous Living Came To Dublin?

The entrance to The Paddocks, Kildangan, Co Kildare.

A paramedic had to hang out the window of his ambulance with a torch while dodging up to 40 potholes to reach an emergency in one of Kildare’s worst ghost estates.
…The Paddocks has been in darkness for five years. The sewage system was connected three years after it was built and the estate was left unfinished after the builder went bust. The receiver is in charge, and the council say they have no authority to carry out work because it is not in their ownership. In the meantime, the residents remain in limbo.

Ambulance Needed Torch To Navigate Kildangan Ghost Estate (Niamh O’Donoghue, Leinster Leader)

And how the development was promoted in 2006:

With only four houses to the acre, a generous landscaped open green area and a cul-de-sac layout young city folk are likely to find this development very tempting indeed.

There are four different house designs ranging in size from 127-205 sqm and in price from  €440,000 to  €550,000.


Paddocks At Prime Prices (Irish Independent, April 28, 2006)

(Leinster Leader)

Course you would.

Keith Lowe, CEO of DNG properties, in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin this afternoon following the auction of the unfinished Glendale Estate, on the Shillelagh Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow,

The ghost estate [comprising 63 houses at varying stages of completion and 58 sites for sale in one lot] sold for €640 000 euro with a starting minimum price of €150,000.

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

Above: ‘The Beeches’, Roosky, Co. Leitrim

ONE IN 10 unfinished housing estates identified last year by the Department of the Environment has been completed or made safe, new figures show.

Of the 2066 ghost estates identified last year, 211 have been ‘resolved’ but only 75 of these have been ‘taken in charge’ ie. completed to the satisfaction of the local authority.

The rate of resolution of estates has varied widely. Almost a quarter of those that have been successfully dealt with, either through completion or safety work, are in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, yet this local authority had one of the lower levels of unfinished estates at 61, of which 45 have been satisfactorily addressed.

In Roscommon, 235 problem estates remain unresolved and just 14 have been dealt with. Of Sligo’s 237 unfinished estates, just four have now been completed or made safe.


One In 10 Ghost Estates Completed Or Made Safe (Olivia Kelly, Irish Times)

(Photocall Ireland)

For tomorrow’s Allsop auction.

The first sale of an unfinished estate.

Three houses in Ballyjamesduff, miles from any ameneties with planning permission for 31 more houses. Cavan is 20km away and Dublin is approximately 93km to the south-east. Reserve: 40k.

The property comprises one detached house and two semi-detached houses each arranged over ground and first floors beneath a pitched roof. Externally each house benefits from a garden and off-street parking. There are 4 acres of land adjacent to the houses to be offered with the benefit of planning permission for 31 town houses.

Lot 74 (Allsop)