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Thursday 19 September 2019

'Ghost estate' house set alight

CONOR CULLEN

AN UNSOLD house in one of Co Wexford's so-called 'ghost estates' was set alight last weekend.

A significant amount of damage was caused to the house at the Barr na Haille housing estate in Rosslare Harbour on Sunday evening.

It's believed the unsold house at Barr Na Haille, which is finished on the outside, but has not been fitted out, was set alight shortly before 7 p.m. and the alarm was raised by residents of the estate.

Wexford Fire Service responded and quenched the fire, but a Garda spokesman said the property was 'extensively damaged' by the blaze, which is being treated as suspicious.

The scene was preserved by the Gardaí for a technical examination, which was carried out on Monday, and an investigation is ongoing,

Barr na Haille is currently described on Daft.ie - one of many places where houses there are currently for sale - as 'a prestigious new development of 74 homes and 36 apartments with shop, crèche and playground facilities in a breathtaking location'.

' The development has stunning uninterrupted ocean views and the fabulous sandy beach at St Helen's Bay can be easily accessed on foot,' it states.

The three-bed semi-detached home is available for €214,950 through Wexford auctioneers Kehoe & Associates, though over on Myhome.ie Waterford-based Heffernan Estates are seeking €329,000 for a threebed semi-detached house at Barr na Haille.

The estate was developed by PJ Construction Ltd of

Cassagh, New Ross.

The lack of interest in the majority of the units in Barr na Haille since the recession kicked in has seen it designated as one of the county's 'ghost estates', with a number of units also left unfinished there.

Wexford County Council has applied for funding under the Unfinished Housing Developments Safety Initiative to carry out works there.

The initiative, according to Minister Willie Penrose, is designed ' to deal with the health and safety issues in unfinished estates where the means to make them safe are otherwise unavailable'.

Anyone who was in or around the vicinity of the Rosslare Harbour housing estate on Sunday evening and saw any suspicious behaviour is asked to contact Wexford Garda Station on 053-9165200. AN UNSOLD house in one of Co Wexford's so-called 'ghost estates' was set alight last weekend.

A significant amount of damage was caused to the house at the Barr na Haille housing estate in Rosslare Harbour on Sunday evening.

It's believed the unsold house at Barr Na Haille, which is finished on the outside, but has not been fitted out, was set alight shortly before 7 p.m. and the alarm was raised by residents of the estate.

Wexford Fire Service responded and quenched the fire, but a Garda spokesman said the property was 'extensively damaged' by the blaze, which is being treated as suspicious.

The scene was preserved by the Gardaí for a technical examination, which was carried out on Monday, and an investigation is ongoing,

Barr na Haille is currently described on Daft.ie - one of many places where houses there are currently for sale - as 'a prestigious new development of 74 homes and 36 apartments with shop, crèche and playground facilities in a breathtaking location'.

' The development has stunning uninterrupted ocean views and the fabulous sandy beach at St Helen's Bay can be easily accessed on foot,' it states.

The three-bed semi-detached home is available for €214,950 through Wexford auctioneers Kehoe & Associates, though over on Myhome.ie Waterford-based Heffernan Estates are seeking €329,000 for a threebed semi-detached house at Barr na Haille.

The estate was developed by PJ Construction Ltd of

Cassagh, New Ross.

The lack of interest in the majority of the units in Barr na Haille since the recession kicked in has seen it designated as one of the county's 'ghost estates', with a number of units also left unfinished there.

Wexford County Council has applied for funding under the Unfinished Housing Developments Safety Initiative to carry out works there.

The initiative, according to Minister Willie Penrose, is designed ' to deal with the health and safety issues in unfinished estates where the means to make them safe are otherwise unavailable'.

Anyone who was in or around the vicinity of the Rosslare Harbour housing estate on Sunday evening and saw any suspicious behaviour is asked to contact Wexford Garda Station on 053-9165200.

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