New homes hit ten year high in Inishowen
The number of new homes completed in Inishowen last year hit a ten year high, data published by the Central Statistics Office has revealed.
There were 135 house completions across the peninsula last year, 74 in the North Inishowen district and 61 in South Inishowen.
That’s more than any single year in the official figures that go back to 2012.
House completion figures are compiled by the Central Statistics Office based on connections to the ESB network.
House completions in Inishowen dipped to a low of just 51 homes in both 2016 and 2017, but have been slowly rising since.
They had reached 111 completions in 2020 but the impact of the pandemic, which closed building sites for long periods during both 2020 and 2021, fed into a drop in 2021.
Notably, more homes have been completed in North Inishowen that South over the past decade, even though the population in the south of the peninsula is around one-third higher.
Between 2012 and 2022, there were 448 homes completed in North Inishowen and 438 in south.
Overall there were 670 new homes connected to the ESB network in Donegal last year, with the largest numbers in the south and south west.
Inishowen districts are showing lower levels of house building than other districts of Donegal.
The Donegal Town local electoral area (LEA), covering the south of the county, had 152 house completions last year more than Inishowen as a whole.
Glenties LEA, with a population of 24,000 compared to Inishowen’s 40,000, had 133 house completions last year, while there were 110 completions in Letterkenny, the county’s largest LEA by population.
Milford, which has the smallest population of Donegal’s seven LEAs and around half that of South Inishowen, had 74 completions last year.