Nearly 20% of Sligo’s commercial properties lying idle

Sligo vacancy rate highest in the country – and worsening, says TD

Roscommon, Leitrim and Donegal similarly affected.

Sligo News File.

The scale of vacant commercial properties in the North West is at a record high.

In Sligo alone, some 18.9 % of the commercial premises are vacant, according to the town-based Fianna Fail TD, Marc MacSharry.

Roscommon, Leitrim and Donegal are also recording a disastrous level of vacant commercial structures.

Mac Sharry believes the situation is getting worse. Despite this, however, his party leader has still signed up to an extension of the confidence and supply agreement to keep the Fine Gael-led government that’s failing the North West in office for another couple of years.

In any event, the Deputy is insisting that “a new strategy must be pursued.” This, he explains,”could include incentivising people to live in town and village centres to breathe new life into our streetscapes to complement retail and other commercial enterprises.” He does not say from where he thinks the population to occupy the towns and villages would be drawn, particularly in the absence of satisfactory broadband service.

Empty shop units no longer suitable for modern retail and commercial activity could, he adds, be converted to use as dwellings.