Counties Leitrim and Sligo have recorded the highest commercial unit vacancy rate in the country according to figures released yesterday (Tuesday) by Geodirectory, a building database which was jointly established by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland.
The figures show that in both counties, 14% of these types of properties lie dormant. In County Leitrim, 268 of 1,929 of commercial premises are currently unoccupied with Carrick-on-Shannon rather unsurprisingly responsible for the most vacancies in the county with 171 unused units. Meanwhile, research found that 517 of 3,648 units in County Sligo are empty. Both counties join Carlow, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon with recorded vacancy rates above the national average of 11% (23,834 of 226,622).
By contrast, County Kerry has the lowest commercial vacancy in the country with just 7%, or 602, of units vacant.