City lags as rural construction expands
THE number of houses built exceeded 1,000 in July as construction activity continues to grow steadily outside of the main urban areas.
Some 1,120 units were built in July - almost half of which were one-off properties, according to new figures obtained by the Herald.
Driving up construction activity in Dublin presents the greatest challenge for the Government.
Briefing documents prepared for Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Environment Minister Alan Kelly warn of a "mixed" outlook in Dublin.
Only 348 units have been built in Dublin city in the first seven months of the year, a staggering drop of 41pc compared with last year.
House completion across the four Dublin local authorities has fallen 7pc in the same period, in comparison with a 6pc increase in homes being built in the greater Dublin area.
According to the figures, 55pc of the units in Dublin were built as part of housing schemes, while one third are new apartments.
A total of 6,745 homes nationwide have been built since the beginning of the year, representing a 16pc increase on the same period last year.
If trends continue, up to 15,000 homes will be built in 2015 and potentially 18,000 next year.
Areas that have recorded significant increases in the number of houses being built since January include Fingal, Kildare, Limerick, Louth and Wicklow.