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Vacant houses hold key to unlocking crisis

CLARE County Council has appealed to property owners to make their vacant homes available for social housing, in a bid to ease the “epidemic” accommodation shortage. According to the council’s director of services for housing, Ger Dollard, one of the keys to unlocking the solution is through the use of vacant properties. Owners of the thousands of currently empty properties in Clare are being encouraged to make contact with the local authority, with a view to making more homes available for those on the waiting list. Mr Dollard told a meeting of Clare County Council that this is the “real solution” to dealing with the housing issue in the short term. Figures contained in the 2011 Census show there are 11,782 vacant housing units in Clare out of a total housing stock of 55,616 units. The vacancy rate of 21.2% is the second highest in Munster and higher than the national average of 14.5%. At the meeting, Mr Dollard agreed …

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11,782 vacant homes in Clare

Almost three quarters of all homes in Liscannor were empty on Census night 2011, according to a Clare County Council report on vacant houses in the county. The local authority confirmed a housing vacancy rate of 21.2% in the County based on the most recent Census figures. It is the second highest in Munster and higher than the national average of 14.5%. Over one third of homes in nine Clare villages were vacant on the night according to the figures and in six of these areas, more than half of all homes were empty. Villages with the highest vacancy rates were in the West Clare Municipal District. 85% of the county’s holiday homes are also located there. Figures show that 73.1% of homes in Liscannor were empty when surveyed in April 2011, 71.6% in Kilkee, 70.4% in Lahinch, 59.2% in Mountshannon, 51.3% in Bunratty, 50% in Ballyvaughan, 42.4% in Doonbeg, 39.3% in Miltown Malbay and 37.9% in Lisdoonvarna. 82% of …

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