Highest number of vacant houses on ghost estates

According to new Government figures released from the Department of the Environment the number of unfinished developments in the country has dropped from 1263 to 992 in 2014.

According to new Government figures released from the Department of the Environment the number of unfinished developments in the country has dropped from 1263 to 992 in 2014.

However the latest report revealed that Louth has the highest number of vacant houses on ghost estates.

766 out of the 992 are inhabited but 226 are classified as total ghost estates with no residents living there.

Louth accounts for 15 percent of the vacant houses. 44 housing developments were inspected in the wee county during 2014 and 29 of those have remained on the housing database at the end of the year.

The Ard Dealgan apartment complex on Quay Street is the largest empty estate even though it’s 73 apartments are completed.

The problematic complex, which was built by Tom McFeely and had major fire hazard issues before any residents had even moved in, has had major anti social behaviour problems over the years. Public consumption of alcohol and the destruction of property are among the problems that have arose

Earlier in the year the the Government provided €10m under a special resolution fund to complete necessary infrastructure work and help make sites safe

One of the local developments that benefited from the resolution scheme was Clois Dealga at Saltown.