The long read: Amid high vacancy rates can the town centres hold?
With large towns such as Tralee and Dundalk reporting vacancy rates of 25 per cent, retail outside the big cities is struggling. Will the government’s new plan, Our Rural Future, manage to halt the decay?
Like many business owners, it’s not in Annmarie Ryan’s nature to talk negatively about her hometown, or highlight its weaknesses, but she feels she has to.
“It’s easy to accuse someone of being negative, but I think we have to be realistic right now,” the owner of the French Quarter café in Tipperary town said.
“What I see are a lot of properties that have been...
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Only three vacant home officers employed in the last three years
Despite €50,000 in funding and a requirement to employ such staff, hardly any local authorities have a full-time employee focused on bringing empty homes back into use
Meath dezones a third of housing lands to mitigate climate change
Developers say the move will inflate the cost of land still available for residential use
Councils collected less than 1% of vacant site levies
Of more than €21.5 million owed to local authorities across the country, a mere €21,000 was paid last year
Councils log €300 million of prime housing land lying idle
High value of such sites confirms that land hoarding has been largely unaffected by the ineffective vacant site levy