'Not acceptable': Carlow commercial vacancy rates above national average

Figures published this week

Darren Hassett

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Muine Bheag, Carlow dropped out of the top fifteen since last year of vacancy rates by town

Carlow is one of sixteen counties with commercial vacancy rates above the national average, according to GeoDirectory's report for Quarter 2 of this year. 

The report notes that fourteen counties recorded a decline in commercial vacancy rates, the majority of these occurring in Leinster.

However, "notable disparities" remain in Leinster with more rural based counties such as Longford, Offaly and Carlow generally recording higher vacancy rates.

Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor said: "Rural Ireland is losing out to the recovery that is happening elsewhere. While the national commercial vacancy rate has fallen to 13.1%, Carlow is lagging behind at 13.4%."

The figure for Carlow is down 0.3% for the same period last year. 

Four towns including Muine Bheag, Carlow dropped out of the top fifteen since last year of vacancy rates by town. 

She added: "Commercial vacancy rates stood at 5.7% in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, 7.5% in Maynooth, Co. Kildare and 9.1% in Gorey, Co. Wexford and awarded them the the towns with the lowest commercial vacancy rates in the country but here in Carlow the data generally recorded higher vacancy rates.

"That is simply not acceptable that we are performing in this way when our neighbours with similar sized towns and amenities are faring far better. We all need to play our part because we deserve to share in the recovery too."

Sligo is the county with the highest commercial vacancy rate (18.8%).