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Listen: Figures Show People Can't Afford To Buy Home Until They're Over 35

: 04/20/2017 - 15:43

New figures suggest most people can't afford to own a home until they're over 35.

According to the Census - home ownership is at its lowest level since 1971 - while there were over 180 thousand vacant dwellings - more than half of those are in urban areas.

Just 8,800 homes were built over the past five years -  compared with more than 225 thousand between 2006 and 2011.

The number of vacant houses in Kildare has fallen to 4,712 - down from 6,311 in 2011.

Francis Doherty is Head of Communications with the Peter McVerry Trust - he says the number of vacant properties provides an opportunity to help alleviate the homeless and housing crisis:

Doherty-housing .mp3, by Laura Donnelly

 

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