Demolish them

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Political representatives have welcomed news that Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan has created a list of 40 unfinished housing estates earmarked for demolition.

Political representatives have welcomed news that Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan has created a list of 40 unfinished housing estates earmarked for demolition.

But questions have been raised over the legality of such a proposal in light of planning regulations as well as the cost that the taxpayer will incur as a result.

The Department of Environment confirmed that Minister O’Sullivan is due to publish the 2013 annual survey on unfinished housing developments in the coming weeks but said they could not comment on whether any Co Leitrim estates were included in the list of those to be demolished.

A spokesperson for Leitrim County Council said that they were “aware of the Minister’s initiative” to raze unfinished estates but stressed they were unable to comment on the situation in Co Leitrim at this time.

Cllr John McCartin however welcomed the possibilty of demolishing unfinished estates pointing out that there was “no possibility” that the county would be able to attract the population required to “fill thousands of vacant homes”.