Labour Leader ‘profoundly taken aback’ by number of derelict properties in Sligo


Sligo News File

Visiting Sligo yesterday, Labour Party leader Alan Kelly told Ocean FM that he was “profoundly taken aback by the amount of derelict buildings and houses and shop fronts around the place.

“That’s certainly alarming…” he said

Child care also “was a big issue.” He also referenced capacity issue at Sligo University Hospital.

Kelly, remembered as the government minister for the Environment who unsuccessfully fought for the retention of domestic water charges, was in Sligo to meet party members.

Labour doesn’t have either a TD or councillor in Sligo or the constituency.

According to GeoView Commercial Vacancy Rate, the commercial vacancy rate in Sligo last June was 20%, the highest in the country.