Derelict houses on farmland could help address shortages

Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture on Revitalising Derelict & Vacant Houses on Farmland, IFA Deputy President Brian Rushe said vacant and derelict homes on farmlands across the country could play a role in dealing with the demand for housing.

“While it might not contribute the most significant quantum of development, it should be possible to bring much needed vacant houses onto the market in locations that will make an impact on housing needs in many towns and villages,” he said.

IFA National Farm Family & Social Affairs Committee Chair Alice Doyle added that the revitalisation of vacant and derelict homes could have a positive effect on the survival of rural communities. She also called for those who are from farms to be allowed to live in their own homes on that farm, whether it be in the re-use of old builds or new builds.