Tuesday 22 May 2018

Abandoned houses in Gorey could help housing crisis

There is a large volume of private houses not being used in North Wexford, according to Cllr Robbie Ireton at the Gorey Municipal District meeting.

'The houses are in perfect condition and have been vacant for a few years,' said Cllr Ireton. 'Is there anyway we can identify these?.'

Padraig O'Gorman, housing officer for Wexford County Council, said the department will carry out an action plan on vacant homes by identifying abandoned private houses in Wexford.

Cllr Ireton said 'there is a house on the Courtown Road that has been there for about six years'.

'It is all overgrown and you wouldn't see it unless it was pointed out to you,' said Cllr Ireton.

However, cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal Cllr Joe Sullivan said 'it is a waste of time talking about it.'

'I do not think it is a waste of time at all considering the housing crisis we have at the moment,' said Cllr Mary Farrell.

Eddie Taaffe, district director, said the housing crisis problem won't be solved by just one or two houses here or there.

'Building is the only solution we have,' he added. 'We need to zone additional lands to build residential areas on.'

Gorey Guardian