Eircode Q218 Housing Supply Update

Posted by Pat Donnelly | Aug 08, 2018

We have analysed the latest Eircode Address Database Quarterly Release (Quarter 2, 2018) to ​establish the increase in total residential units in Ireland, broken down by County.  The figures are affected by new construction but also by change of building use, e.g. a building changing from a number of flats to a single residence or vice versa.

There really isn't any good news in these figures, the increase in available residential units is insufficient to meet demand, and the rate of increase is not enough to provide optimism that it will meet demand this year.

There was an increase of 4,563 residential ​units in the first quarter, with a further 10,285 under construction.  This compares with 3,581 new residential units in the same quarter last year (increase of 27%) and 6,189 under construction (increase of 66%).  

The table below provides a breakdown by County of the increase in residential units, the number under construction, and the percentage change in the number under construction since the last quarter (Q1 2018).

COUNTY Increase in Q218 Under Construction % Change Under Construction
CARLOW 12 63 -15%
CAVAN 98 136 26%
CLARE 65 149 3%
CORK 354 1,011 18%
DONEGAL 88 225 50%
DUBLIN 1,749 4,179 11%
GALWAY 115 378 -3%
KERRY 233 187 31%
KILDARE 311 523 -1%
KILKENNY 126 81 -21%
LAOIS 17 126 1%
LEITRIM 31 20 33%
LIMERICK 160 351 -4%
LONGFORD 7 31 -3%
LOUTH 265 320 -9%
MAYO 130 143 -5%
MEATH 269 998 -22%
MONAGHAN 18 115 7%
OFFALY 98 ​48 -16%
ROSCOMMON 43 51 34%
SLIGO 19 59 2%
TIPPERARY 66 83 14%
WATERFORD 50 176 54%
WESTMEATH 12 110 20%
WEXFORD 77 225 6%
WICKLOW 150 497 17%
Total 4,563 10,285
11% 

Nationwide there was an increase of 11% in residential units under construction compared to the previous quarter.  In Dublin there was in increase in residential units of 1,749 compared to 1,534 in the previous quarter, with 4,179 under construction compared to 3,775.

Caveats apply with this data which may be affected by An Post GeoDirectory update schedules.  

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