Breathnach encourages public to report properties as 140 homes left vacant in Louth
Local TD Declan Breathnach has encouraged people to contact Louth County Council or vacanthomes.ie if they notice a property which has been left vacant.
His comments come after it was revealed that their are currently 140 homes vacant in Louth.
The Fianna Fáil deputy said the breakdown of the homes vacant at present in the county is 48 detached, 33 semi-detached, 51 terraced, four flats/apartments and four other types.
www.vacanthomes.ie was set up in 2017 and has received information about 3,236 vacant properties nationwide to date.
Commenting on the figures, Deputy Breathnach said: “There are more than 10,000 people are registered as homeless in Ireland, 6,490 adults and 3,848 children, and yet in the middle of this crisis there are so many properties that are left vacant.
“The Government has allowed a situation where a whole generation has been locked out of the property ladder, while thousands of properties lay vacant across the country.”
Vacant Home Ireland figures state of the 3,200 properties registered with the website, 48% are in Leinster with most in Dublin and its surrounding counties. Nearly 300 properties of the registered sites have been brought, or are in the process of being brought, back into use.
Deputy Breathnach concluded: “I would encourage anyone who becomes aware of a vacant property to notify Louth County Council or Vacant Homes Ireland to hopefully bring these homes back into use.”