According to the 2006 Census the housing vacancy rate in Ireland was at 15%. Rates varied throughout the country with Dublin at 9.7% and rural counties such as Leitrim at 29%!

This is the first look at the spatial distribution of the now vacant properties that have been developed in Ireland since 2006.

This analysis is based on the latest GeoDirectory release (April 2009).

Additional work is underway on a more detailed look at various geographical areas -the Dublin region, commuter towns in the Mid-East and a rural county in the Border region.

Justin Gleeson