New research from the Economic and Social Research Institute has revealed that empty housing units will be most prevalent in Donegal in 2021.

Along with Kerry, Roscommon and Mayo, Donegal will have the largest oversupply of vacant properties in the country by the end of the decade.

The research was undertaken in response to a lack of analysis of the housing market at a “sub-national” or county-by-county level.

From 2011 to 2021 an additional 180,000 households across the State will need somewhere to live.

The current oversupply of houses in vacant or “ghost estates” will be able to accommodate about half that number, leaving a need for 90,000 houses or apartments to be built between 2011 and 2021, or an average of 12,500 each year.

However, the housing requirement is not distributed evenly across the State and is largely concentrated in Dublin and its surrounding counties.

According to the ESRI the level of vacant stock in Donegal and the projected population change is such that no additions to the housing stock are necessary to meet demand for the period up to 2021.

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