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2011 National Housing Survey

A survey of Unfinished Housing Developments in Ireland was conducted during summer 2011.  This survey update the previous survey material from 2010. The survey was conducted by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government's Housing Inspectorate, in cooperation with local authorities and site owners.

Key Findings

The 2011 Survey reveals that:

  • A total of 2,876 housing development sites of two or more dwellings were visited. Of these:
    • 701 are effectively complete
    • 109 that have not started any substantial works
  • This means that there are 2,066 unfinished housing developments in the Country.

At the time of inspection of these 2,066 sites:

  • 1,822 were mainly inactive
  • 245 were active.

Vacant Housing

In terms of vacant housing:

  • 18,638 dwellings were recorded as complete and vacant.  This is a 20% reduction on the 23,250 recorded in 2010.
  • 8,794 were recorded as near complete.
  • 7,343 dwellings which were vacant in 2010 are now occupied (9.4% increase).
  • 17,872 dwellings are at various stages of construction
    • 8,794 of these or almost 50% are nearly complete.


Press Release issued by  Minister Willie Penrose T.D. on 13th October, 2011 [PDF 22kb]

Summary Report of 2011 National Housing Survey [PDF 456kb]

National Housing Survey 2011 Data [Exel File 1.5mb)

Stakeholders' Code of Practice [PDF 348kb]

Guide for Residents Living in Unfinished Housing Developments [PDF 648kb]