The site has been sold to an unknown buyer, the brothers have been moved out, and the school is due to close in June. What then? local residents and councillors worry. Will it sit vacant for years?
When Derelict Buildings Are Left to Rot, the Council Steps in – Sometimes
Of the 46 derelict sites listed almost three and a half years ago on Dublin City Council’s register, 18 are still on the list.
Concerns About Whether Vacant-Homes Officers Have Time for the Role
If they’re going to make an impact, they should be focused on the issue full-time – and not just be existing staff members now endowed with an extra title, says Francis Doherty, of Peter McVerry Trust.
Many Years On, Two Council Buildings on Bolton Street Are Still Empty
For years the council has been saying they will be made into apartments for people who are homeless. But that still hasn’t happened.
When Working on Housing Issues, Finding the Owner Is Often the First Challenge
There should be a comprehensive, public database of who owns the properties in the city, says Francis Doherty of Peter McVerry Trust. “It’s in the public interest, the common good.”
Vacancy Watch: A South Dublin Apartment Complex That's Emptying Out
There are 51 apartments in the complex, which lies south of Dundrum. In January 2017, 34 were occupied, but now only 23 are.
A Revamped Effort to Crowdmap Dublin's Vacant Homes
With help from Dubliners and the Space Engagers app, the Peter McVerry Trust hopes to identify and bring back into use 45 vacant homes by 2020.
A Ballymun Group Pushes A Bold Vision for Shopping Centre Site
The vision of CORE Ballymun is for a modern streetscape with affordable housing and retail, the profits from which would go back into the community. But it needs council support to become real.
Council Briefs: Social Housing, the Clontarf Cycle Route, and More
At Monday’s monthly meeting, councillors questioned Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy on current policies – before moving on to their usual business.
Owners of Vacant Homes Turn Down Deals to Use Them
“People are sitting on assets and they don’t need the rent,” says Francis Doherty, communications officer at the Peter McVerry Trust.
Councillors Voted to Sell Properties, Only for Them to Sit Derelict
Dublin City Councillors sometimes agree to sell off a property with the proviso that the buyer must start redeveloping it within months. That doesn’t always happen.
Above Shops, Thousands of Apartments Are Still Sitting Vacant
While obstacles discouraging their owners from opening them up and renting them out seem well understood, progress on smoothing the way has been slow.
Why Aren't the Council's Own Sites on Its Vacant Sites Register?
When Dublin City Council released its vacant sites register this month, it was entirely blank. Some ask why the council didn’t at least list its own sites.
How Should We Count the Number of Council Voids?
When Dublin City Council says that less than 1 percent of its housing stock is “void”, some Dubliners are confused. That might be because of how it counts.
Who Owns Vacant and Derelict Dublin, Mapped
Even in the midst of a housing shortage, the city is dotted with vacant and derelict properties. We’ve mapped 389 of them and we’re open to more suggestions.
Will Councillors Move to Tackle Commercial Vacancy?
The council refunds 50% of commercial rates to owners of vacant properties. Is this the year that they’ll change that?
Council Briefs: Local Property Tax, Floatels, and Buying Up Vacant Properties
Here are some of the things that were discussed at council meetings this week: property vacancy, the property tax, and the prospect of floating homes.
Debate, Vote, Silence: Why Do So Many Council Motions Disappear?
Councillors spend a lot of time passing motions that are supposed to change life in the city, but many of them don’t seem to go anywhere. Why not?
Which Dublin Neighbourhoods Have the Most Vacant Homes?
The two Dublin areas with the highest proportions of vacant dwellings aren’t exactly synonymous with vacancy.
Should it Be Easier to Find Out Who Owns a Property?
Do property owners have a right to privacy? Do residents have the right to know who owns a vacant or derelict property that’s ruining their neighbourhood?