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Ferris calls for ‘ghost estates’ to be reallocated

21 October, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Martin Ferris TD has called on the Government to reallocate some of the tens of thousands of empty houses in ghost estates to people on local authority housing lists.

He was responding to a report published by the Department of the Environment this afternoon which shows that there are 120,000 empty houses on 2,800 estates around the country.

Deputy Ferris said: “While the number of empty houses identified by the report is a telling indictment of the speculative property boom that led to much of the problems we are currently facing, they also present a potential opportunity.

“There are many people on local authority housing lists throughout the state and I would propose that so-called ‘ghost estates’ be transferred to local authorities to be allocated to these people. Where work remains to be done on infrastructure before people could move in then that would also provide a stimulus to the construction and other trades and help to address local unemployment.

“There are currently 1,000 people on the housing list in my own county and this report has identified 675 houses in Kerry that are complete but unoccupied. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out where at least a partial solution lies.”


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