This got missed when it was first published, a year after the successful Dublin Conference on empty homes organised by the Peter McVerry Trust. See also:
Ireland (Republic of)
A familiar tale of unreliable statistics.
This story fails to mention that the census was held in April 2016, whereas the council's survey seems to be recent.
The Irish media are reporting the announcement by Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Goverment, of the measures that are being taken to tackle some of the Republic's 180,000 empty homes.
This is a PDF of an EHN presentation to an Empty Homes Conference in Ireland, held at Croke Park stadium on 9th March 2017.
It provided a thumbnail sketch of local interventions in England/Wales along with an overview of various strategic approaches to the empty homes issue, contrasting the different approaches taken in Scotland, Wales, Kent and England.
An excellent conference for the whole of Ireland, to which I was privileged to make a contribution. Attendance by senior figures and Ministers from the housing and planning world.
David Gibbens, Policy Lead.
The Republic of Ireland's Housing Agency has produced a report that explores the possibility of a national empty homes strategy for the Republic. The report draws on the experience of strategies and programmes in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, including for example that of Wales, but a strategy for an independent sovereign nation would be a an exciting precedent, where Ireland could well develop an exemplar from which we could all learn.
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Considering the population of the Republic of Ireland, the numbers are steep.