That empty feeling

Published 09/04/2013 | 05:40

Former First Active building O'Connell Street.
Former First Active building O'Connell Street.

Sligo has the highest number of empty business premises in Ireland.

The stark statistic is highlighted in a six-monthly commercial property vacancy survey by GeoView.

While the average county vacancy rate is now 11.4 percent, Sligo has a whopping 15.1 percent of its commercial properties lying empty.

This is an increase of 1.1 percentage points on the 14pc recorded last August.

There has been a number of high-profile closures in Sligo in recent months.

These inlcude HMV in Johnston's Court, Mary's of Sligo and Keohane's on Castle Street and more recently Keaney's on High Street.

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