Empty houses in the state

There are 266,000 empty housing units in this state, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), equal to all the occupied houses on the west coast from Kerry to Donegal.

26th May, 2007

There are 266,000 empty housing units in this state, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), equal to all the occupied houses on the west coast from Kerry to Donegal.

At current occupation rates, these could house 800,000 people.

Thousands of these units, serviced by taxpayers, have been thrown up on sea cliffs and sea shores, bunched together or scattered on river banks or high on hills. At an average price of €300,000 per unit, their value...

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