The number of houses built in Donegal last year fell by 100 compared to 2011.
A total of 511 houses were built in Donegal in 2012, a drop of 16% on the previous year, according to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). The number of Donegal housing starts decreased to 199 units during the first eleven months of 2012, a drop of 13 units or 6% from the 212 units started during the same period the year before.
A total of 8,488 houses were built in Ireland during 2012, according to the new CIF figures. This represents a drop of 1,992 or 19% on the figure for 2011 when a total of 10,480 houses were completed.
Despite 2011 and 2012 each having set a low benchmark for the number of completed residential units, the CIF is also predicting that the coming year will see a further slight reduction. This is based on the drop in residential unit commencements for the first 11 months of 2012. Only 3,895 new units had been started by the end of November 2012, which is 336 units below the comparative figure for 2011 when work had begun on 4,231 units, a drop of 8%.