Limerick leads the way in reviving vacant sites

This cottage in Castleconnell is on the list of derelict properties being acquired by Limerick City and County Council.

LIMERICK is at the fore when it comes to bringing vacant sites back into use, according to figures obtained by radio station Newstalk.

As reported by the Limerick Post in May, Limerick City and County Council has served 250 compulsory acquisition notices since 2018. Using its powers under the Derelict Sites Act, the Council have been compulsorily acquiring properties in an ongoing effort to tackle the current housing crisis, which is being exacerbated by dereliction and sites left vacant.

According to new figures published by Newstalk, Limerick has compulsorily acquired more vacant sites than any other area or local authority in Ireland.

Nationwide, over 775 sites have been brought back into use under the Derelict Sites Act, with Limerick leading the way at 250.

Neighbouring counties Clare and Cork have brought 9 and 103 sites back into use respectively.

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Dublin City Council have brought 36 sites back into use, with a further 84 in Fingal.

Up to 45 sites have been revived throughout Waterford by the county’s local authority.