Minister expected to address calls for tax on vacant homes

The possibility of a new tax on vacant homes is likely to be addressed by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy next week.

Mr Murphy, who delayed publication of the Government’s strategy on vacant housing because it “was not ambitious enough”, has said the final strategy would be published in September.

He has already said it was “more than likely” the strategy would “require engagement with the Minister for Finance”, a key indication that a tax on vacant housing was being considered.

According to the latest census there are some 183,000 vacant homes, excluding holiday homes, in the State.

The lowest number of empty dwellings, excluding holiday homes, relative to population size was in south Dublin where there was just 13.

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