Fewer than 100 new homes built in our large cities in 2013
FEWER than 100 homes have been built in some of our biggest cities so far this year as the fall in construction activity continues.
New figures from the Department of the Environment show that just over 6,500 homes have been completed in the first 10 months of 2013, with the number due to be finished by year-end unlikely to exceed the total for 2012 when 8,488 were completed.
And the figures lay bare the dearth of construction activity in three of our five main cities.
Just 35 homes have been built in Limerick city, with another 57 in Waterford and 60 in Galway.
By comparison, some 422 units have been completed in Dublin city, with another 200 in Cork.
The vast bulk of the properties under construction are one-off homes generally built to order.
Some 3,794 (58pc) are single properties, with 2,106 (30pc) houses in developments and the remaining 607 apartments.