Ireland’s Empty Houses

Here’s an article from my friend Clare Taylor in yesterdays’s Irish Independent about the massive 18% of Irish houses currently lying empty.

So how many houses in Ireland are lying vacant? Statistics show that there’s nobody living in 18pc — almost one in five — of all homes in Ireland (a figure that includes investment properties and holiday homes). And the problem is getting worse, as about 500 new houses per week are added to the backlog.

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Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.