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25/09/2021

Over 270 vacant properties across Carlow and nine have been purchased by the Council

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New figures have revealed that there are 274 vacant properties across the county of Carlow and nine have been purchased by Carlow County Council amidst calls for the local authority to be "more aggressive" with Compulsory Purchase Orders. 

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The figures were provided by Housing Officer, Jospehine Kavanagh, after requests from members looking for a full list of all the vacant properties in the county. 

The "Vacant Homes Strategy" provided by Ms Kavanagh did not provide details like addresses but it provided the number of vacant properties in Carlow. 

Cllr Fergal Browne raised the issue at this month's meeting of Carlow Town Municipal District and he said: "There are 204 vacant properties in Carlow Town and three are being purchased. We need more."

He added: "We need to be more aggressive with CPOs. The threat of a CPO does invariably bring about results."

The full list of vacant properties includes: 

Carlow 204 (with three purchased to date and nine currently for sale)

Tullow 37 (with six purchased to date and three currently for sale)

Ballinabranna 3

Rathtoe 2

Milford Cross 7

Kernanstown 2

Palatine 5 (four being acquired through Part V)

Rathvilly 6

Hacketstown 6

Tinryland 1

Bennekerry 1 

Read also: 'Residents who walked in that area stopped,' anti-social behaviour at Carlow vacant houses

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