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Irish Ghost Estate Razing ‘Last Resort’ as Bulldozers Move In

October 13, 2011

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Demolishing Ireland’s so-called ghost estates should be a “last resort” for dealing with partially finished developments across the country, Housing Minister Willie Penrose said today.

Less than 10 houses in three housing estates were demolished on safety ground since the last surveyed period, Penrose told reporters in Dublin today. There is “no magic wand” to resolve the problem of Ireland’s unfinished housing estates, he said.

The number of unfinished Irish housing estates declined to 2,066 from 2,876, according to a survey released by the ministry today. The number of complete and vacant houses stood at 18,638, according to the report. Some 17,872 houses are at various stages of construction.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dara Doyle at ddoyle1@bloomberg.net


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