State set to pay for demolition of 40 ghost estates

Update 2.30pm: The move has been confirmed by Michael Noonan, who called such ghost estates "monuments to the skeleton of the Celtic Tiger".

The state is likely to foot the bill for the demolition of about 40 ghost estates around the country.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that the Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan has drawn up a list of the most problematic estates, with many of them to be bulldozed from next year.

The areas worst affected will include parts of the West and the Midlands.

Expert in regional and spatial analysis, Professor Rob Kitchin of NUI Maynooth, said the developers are unlikely to pay the demolition bill.

"Obviously the developers are probably bust, which is one of the reasons why they've not finished [the estates]," he said.

"They have a lack of access to finance… they can't go to the bank looking for money to finish these off. It will probably be the State and the local authority that steps in and will pay for the cost of demolition."

He also said most of these houses are not finished and could not be lived in, nor were they located in suitable places for social housing, being isolated with no access to public services or transport.

More in this Section

Simon Coveney: UK not giving 'credible answers' on future of Irish border

Johnny Healy-Rae wants GAA to allow nursing homes watch games for free

Bed share in Dublin goes for €250 a month

Latest: AA advises motorists to slow down as floods hit and temperatures set to drop

Today's Stories

Questions still need to be answered in Maurice McCabe email controversy

Mixed reaction to State’s €30m loan to An Post

Nursing initiative to boost services

Golden rules for online shopping safety


Toy story: 10 toys guaranteed to bring out the kid in all of us

GameTech: Star Wars Battlefront II: Chance to win Loot Skywalker

Military top brass: Meet the conductor of the army’s Southern Brigade band

Album review: Experience counts on U2’s return to form

More From The Irish Examiner