20 December 2011
More than 50% of residential properties in Dingle are unoccupied it was claimed at a meeting in Kerry County Council last Monday. The information came to light at a meeting to de-zone 261 acres, including 144 acres in and around Dingle town. According to Department of Environment statistics, Kerry councillors zoned enough land for 61,269 housing units — about six times more than what was needed for its anticipated population. A draft functional area plan was proposed at the meeting for Dingle and the Gaeltacht areas west of town. Another statistic which arose at the meeting was that 18% of all private dwellings in Dingle were built after 2001. Read Donal Hickey’s report on the issue in Tuesday’s Irish Examiner. Pictured: a ‘ghost estate’ just off Dingle’s Spa Road (pic courtesy of The Kerryman).