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Keshcarrigan is a half constructed residential development in the provincial town of Leitrim before the financial crisis of 2008. Advertised as the next dream home for Ireland’s middle class, the project featured many single-family detached houses placed within a pictorial setting to entice buyers. Unlike many other phantom developments in other countries, Ireland’s ‘ghost estates’ were constructed with quality materials, and were only left empty due to the crashing market.
To introduce confidence to the neighborhood and real-estate market in the aftermath of 2008, the Irish government annouced a plan to use these vacant properties for social housing.
However, as Keshcarrigan was not planned as such, there were no basic amenties such as schools on site.In October 2013, after much esculation in the problem, it was finally decided that many of these unfinished developments will be torn down. Keshcarrigan has received funding to demolish most of its vacant development in order to solve the ‘empty homes’ issue that is wide spread in suburban Ireland.
Many of these incomplete houses remain to be fenced and the construction site full of materials and debris while the houses sat empty. Due to this reason, the sites present a hazardous risk to anyone who enters. Accidents have frequently happened, resulting in the eventual decision to demolish these houses by the Irish government.
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