Wednesday 21 February 2018

Vacant site levy should be Coveney's New Year's resolution for housing

Minister Simon Coveney. Photo: Tom Burke
Minister Simon Coveney. Photo: Tom Burke

Dermot O'Leary

Housing markets around the world have an uncanny knack of never being in equilibrium. Ireland's is no different, but has tended to be even more volatile than the average, especially over the past two decades. If Carlsberg did boom and bust, Ireland's would be…

If the same beer company did data collection, on the other hand, we'd all be hopeful of something better than the Vacant Site Register published by Dublin City Council this week.

The local authority published a register on January 1 that contained no entries, just a page of blank columns and rows. To be fair, other local authorities, including the other Dublin councils, also failed to produce lists of vacant and derelict sites by what had been billed as the January 1 deadline.

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