Number of vacant properties in state estimated at between 96,000 - 183,000

Around 3,000 vacant units have been converted for social housing purposes in the last 12 months with the total number of vacant properties in the state estimated to be between 96,000 and 183,000 properties.

According to a Department of Housing spokesperson the converted units included empty flats, derelict housing and houses purchased under state renovation schemes.

RTE are also reporting that so far this year 300 vacant units have been acquired by the Housing Agency which has been tasked with buying another 1,600 houses over the next 36 months for social housing.

The news comes as it emerged a database of vacant homes is being established to determine the exact number of vacant homes in Ireland.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today Mayo County Council’s Director of Services, Thomas Gilligan, described the initiative as a way to "utilise existing housing stock in order to address the housing need."

The idea for a national database came from Mayo County Council.

"We recognised that tackling vacant homes can make a very significant contribution to addressing the housing need and bringing long-term vacant homes back into use," he said.

Mr Gilligan told RTE the database would be accessible by anyone with the primary aim being to identify the owners of the vacant homes.

The number of vacant properties nationwide is estimated to be between 96,000 and 183,000.

Just last week the Department of Housing revealed that just under 8,000 people - including nearly 3,000 children - were homeless in June.

Child protection charity, Barnardos, described the figures as "disturbing".


Related Articles

80% of Cork homeless saw abuse or substance misuse as children

‘Pokémon Go with a social conscience’ to fight homelessness

Thousands gather in Phoenix Park to race against the homeless epidemic

'Focus must be on preventing homelessness', as number of homeless children tops 3,000 for first time

More in this Section

Elderly man dies in overnight house fire in Mayo

Irish Rail to meet unions in attempt to settle pay dispute

Schools won’t have to open for extra days after Ophelia closures

Appeal ruling delay sees drink driving cases being struck out


Today's Stories

OPW to use demountable barriers in €140m Cork flood plan

Cork City Council defends mayor’s use of official car to drive him home from FF ard fheis

Medic: Savita died as result of abortion laws

Fine Gael to use whip for vote on drink-driving laws

Lifestyle

Facing fears while terrifying punters at Cork's Nightmare Realm

Weathering the storm of 1961: We watched 30 large trees uprooted

Remembering the dead: Poignant reason behind Cork’s Zombie Walk

More From The Irish Examiner