Two thousand new buildings in six months

The number of new buildings identified in the first six months of 2007 in County Roscommon has increased by 35 percent when compared to the same period last year. GeoDirectory, the company jointly established by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland to create and manage a database of every building in the Republic of Ireland, identified 2,185 new commercial and residential buildings across the county between January and June 2007, up from 1,435 for the same period in 2006. The increase brings the total number of buildings in Roscommon to 31,001 at the end of June. Census 2006 showed the population of the county at 58,768, with a rise in population of 9.3 percent in the years from 2002 to 2006. On a national level, GeoDirectory predicts healthy growth in the number of new buildings that will be completed across the country this year. In the first six months of the year, GeoDirectory identified 60,781 new commercial and residential buildings across the country. This represents a 44 percent increase in the number of new buildings when compared with the same period last year. The increase brings the total number of buildings in the Republic of Ireland to 1,789,876. When seasonal adjustments are taken into consideration, the figures allow GeoDirectory to forecast that over 80,000 new builds will be completed in 2007. This will make 2007 the second highest year for completed buildings in history behind 2006.