The ghost estate, which was built in 2004, consists of 33 detached and semi-detached houses – at various stages of completion – which are individually owned
LIMERICK City and County Council says it’s engaging with the owners of more than 30 unfinished houses in Rathkeale but has not ruled out the possibility of acquiring them.
Briefing members of the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, Seamus O’Connor, senior executive officer, said a number of meetings have taken place in relation to the unfinished houses at Ballywilliam on the outskirts of the town.
The ghost estate, which was built in 2004, consists of 33 detached and semi-detached houses – at various stages of completion – which are individually owned.
Mr Hanrahan said the owners of 22 of the houses have been identified and that some progress is being made in relation to the estate which has been an eyesore for some time.
“We have outlined the options and what powers we have – their options and our options. We want to bring the houses back into use,” he said confirming that a number of the owners live outside the jurisdiction.
Mr Hanrahan said while the owners have “responded well” a “significant amount of work” will be required to finish some of the houses.
He confirmed the owners of the house “are aware of the CPO process”.
Being questioned by councillors, Mr O’Connor refused to put a timeline on the process which is continuing.
“We have to go through a process,” he stated.