With regard to this picture from the report here I'd like to say that I flew from Knock Airport the week before last and made some observations while driving in my hire car with no aerial for the radio left alone with my own thoughts.http://www.independent.ie/multimedia/dy ... 62579t.jpg
Knock airport is in the middle of one of those red areas.
I was stunned by the amount of derlict old housing all along the roads.
The truth is nobody wants to live in those low quality houses but they are privately owned or ownership in doubt and nobody wants to actually knock them.
Some of the more decent ones looked like the parochial house from Fr. Ted. Some were a lot less presentable than that. Some had modern houses directly behind them and the derelicts were left there to crumble.
There were also a lot of derelicts in one horse towns along the way to Knock too.
Perhaps the existence of the house means that planning permission for a replacement is easier to come by. Anyhow, the locals/owners of these derelicts don't seem to be in a hurry to knock the houses.
I was thinking it would only take 10 or 20 thousand to refurbish many of these houses to turn them in to nice rural cottages but the locals all want modern houses and I wouldn't want a holiday home in those areas as the area appears to have the unfortunate co-qualities of being very wild and inhospitable while still being rural yet looking over developed at the same time.
The weather on the days I was travelling from Knock was terrible and having just coming from a sunny day in Germany I was thinking you could refurbish these but who'd want to live in such a harsh unwelcoming place as this. Barely a tree to be seen, ugly low stone walls that would contain nothing and neglected land.
anyway the question I ask is seeing as the locals in these areas don't actually care about the derelicts and are in no hurry to demolish them who would benefit from a state funded program to demolish houses.