Thursday 26 July 2007

One-third of homes empty

MORE than a third of houses - 35pc - built in Co Clare between 2002 and 2006 remain empty most of the time because they are either holiday homes or second homes.

Statisics from Clare Co Council show that of the 8,070 homes built in the period 2,879 homes remain 'vacant', giving a total of 5,341 'vacant' homes built since 1996. A draft housing strategy warns a downturn in the housing market would result in a major reduction in holiday and second homes being built.

Irish Independent

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