I’ve blogged before about Ireland’s ghost estates, the half built and mostly abandoned housing developments that began sprouting in Ireland during the Celtic Tiger years. The problem has recently drawn a fresh round of media attention on both sides of the Atlantic.
The New York Times reported:
Nothing more typified Ireland’s roaring economy a decade ago than its housing market, which saw prices and construction surge. And nothing better illustrates the costs and complexities of cleaning up after the bursting of that bubble than what to do with the thousands of homes that were never finished or, if they were occupied, have proved to be substandard.
The Times Dec. 21 story follows the latest round of Irish and UK coverage:
- 40 of Ireland’s worst ghost estates earmarked for demolition, The Irish Post said Nov. 28.
- Number of empty houses in ghost estates still falling, The Irish Times reported the same day.
- Number of ghost estates falls 30% to 1,258, the Irish Examiner headlined Nov. 29.