DKM published this report on their own website and it was also published by the department of environment who funded it. I understand all the information is in the public domain and that the Minister did not receive a ‘special’ appendix not in the public domain. I must confess that I had not read it.
Whether Finneran understands it or not is another matter. Even if he does his constituency is ground central for empties and the whole of Roscommon FF was inextricably tied up with the property lunacy of the past 10-15 years.
It does not differ hugely from my figures or NIRSA.
DKM states that a natural figure of empties is 6% of the stock ( that would be nearer 120,000 than the 106,000 they mention BTW), They then look at EXCESS vacancies over that figure which is valid. Ireland never had LESS than 6% of the housing stock empty during the past 50 years , not even at its modern low in the 1979 census which I recall at being around 7%.
So the 100k or 140k mentioned by Finneran is IN ADDITION to the 106k ‘natural’ level.
DKM also note that Country Toms lot have 35k units unsold. On page 42 of 137
They also note ( same page)
After that we are could get into a right squabble as there are small difference between us thereafter and because there is always room for ‘interpretation’ …even in economics
Of note is that DKM estimated housing stock at 1.954m in April 2009 but the ESB stated 1.981m at end 2008. That is nearly 30k units which seems a bit large to me especially when the correlation was better in 2006 between the total number of houses in the census ( April) and the
This discrepancy in the total housing stock* is worthy of investigation* and would imply more empties out there. The source for that ESB information is a CER Report HERE
DKM note correctly that
Which is why a geodirectory base that counts a unit as a wall plate is not a good idea compared to an ESB connection…the latter implying at least a roof and windows. The methodology used by Geodirectory is important, what is an address as distinct from what is a building.