Local Communities should decide fate of ghost estates

Independent Senator and European Election candidate, Senator Ronan Mullen, has called on the Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan, to invite residents of towns and villages across Ireland affected by the blight of ghost estates to have a say about their future.

Speaking at a meeting in Galway tonight, Senator Mullen said:

“There is no quick fix solution to the problem of boom-time ghost estates that blight towns and villages across Ireland. Significant problems surrounding ghost estates include developers having gone out of business, property title being compromised and the lack of provision for services and maintenance of common areas.”

He continued:

“However, I believe that there are energised people across the State who are prepared to give life to ghost estates through cooperatives, social entrepreneurship and community leadership. There are so many uses that these homes could be put to, in particular as accommodation for Irish people wishing to retire from overseas to their native counties, or as accommodation to support craft and agri-food industries in rural areas. We need to seek local proposals from those who know best what their particular community needs.

I am calling on Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan to listen to the people of rural Ireland who have huge hopes and dreams for their communities. Working together with a little imagination, we could resolve this problem in a way that enriches communities and benefits the wider economy.”