Seanad – Reactivating Vacant Homes

Posted July 3rd, 2019

Last week in the Seanad we discussed measures to bring vacant homes back in to use. You can read my contribution below.

I thank Senator Mulherin for raising this important issue and for giving me an opportunity to set out the extensive range of measures this Government has introduced to allow for the reactivation of long term vacant residential dwellings back into the liveable housing stock.

An overarching action within Pillar 5 of Rebuilding Ireland is a commitment to develop a National Vacant Housing Reuse Strategy, which I published in July 2018. The Strategy strives to provide a targeted, effective and co-ordinated approach to identifying and tackling vacancy across Ireland.

My Department and local authorities have already been proactive in dealing with vacant properties with all local authorities having prepared Vacant Homes Action Plans. In addition, there are a number of schemes available to incentivise reactivating appropriate dwellings into the liveable housing stock.

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