Thursday 21 November 2019

Roofs over our heads: all the detail

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

House type: The detached house is still the most common, accounting for over 40pc of all dwellings. More than seven out of 10 homes in Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim and Mayo are detached.

The semi-detached is the most common type of dwelling in urban areas and accounts for 38.2pc.

Apartments now account for 10.9pc of all homes.

One-off housing: There has been a drop in the proportion of one-off houses to 25pc of all households compared to 27pc in 2006 and 28pc in 2002.

Around 60pc of all households in Co Galway are one-off houses, the highest in the country, followed by Roscommon at 54pc and Mayo at 50pc.

Fuel: Households in the border and south-east areas are the biggest users of oil-fired central heating while natural gas is the main heating fuel in Dublin and other cities. The midlands has the highest dependence on solid fuels such as coal, peat and wood pellets.

Sewerage: Two-thirds of dwellings are connected to public sewerage facilities while one-third -- 437,652 homes -- use septic tanks. Nine in 10 homes in Co Galway has a tank.

Water supply: Three-quarters of households are connected to mains water supply, 9pc are connected to a local authority group water scheme and the remainder get their water from a private source.

Car ownership: Some 1.36m homes have the use of at least one car -- an increase of 186,000 from 2006.

Irish Independent

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