52 ghost estates in County Wexford
THERE are 52 unfinished housing developments in County Wexford, the fifth highest in the State, according to newly-released government figures.
The 'Annual Progress Report on Actions to Address Unfinished Housing Developments' shows the highest number of unfinished developments is in County Cork, with 130. It is followed by Kerry at 67, Donegal at 64, Roscommon, 53, and 52 for Wexford. 53) and Wexford (52). The lowest number is in Cork City with four, and Galway City with five.
Nationally, almost 4,500 completed homes are lying idle in ghost estates, compared with 23,500 which were completed by empty four years ago when the first assessment of ghost estates took place.
The Government says it is now in the 'final phase' of tackling the problem which followed the economic collapse and resulted in thousands of people living in areas without public lighting, footpaths and open spaces
'The most visible scars of Fianna Fáil's economic crash were the ghost estates across Wexford. Now as the recovery takes hold these scars are being removed,' said Minister Paul Kehoe, commenting on the new figures.
'Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going. We are seeing economic progress, with over 135,000 more people at work, but we cannot take for granted that stability and recovery will continue,' he said.
Mr Coffey said works were under way at 170 sites, up from 135 last year, which indicated a return to normal activity.
He added that completed units could be sold, or used for social housing, but the market would ultimately decide.
No details of the Wexford ghost estates were provided.