The total number of vacant commercial units or premises in Mayo is 976, according to figures released by GeoDirectory. The figures represent an average vacancy rate for commercial units in the county of 12 per cent, and are accurate as of June 2012.
Mayo was one county, along with Carlow, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo that recorded commercial vacancy rates above the national average of 11 per cent. The total number of commercial units identified by GeoDirectory in Mayo was 8,270.
The highest number of vacancies recorded in towns in Mayo was in Claremorris with a vacancy rate of 18 per cent, followed by Ballina with a rate of 16 per cent; Castlebar with a rate of 14 per cent; Ballyhaunis with a rate of 12 per cent and Ballinrobe with a rate of 9 per cent. In contrast, Westport recorded the lowest commercial vacancy rate in the county with 8 per cent of units identified as vacant.
Commenting on the newly released figures, Dara Keogh, CEO, GeoDirectory said, “These newly published figures present us with an overall picture of the commercial property landscape in Ireland, highlighting 11 per cent of the 226,622 premises recorded as vacant. The vacancy rate of 11 per cent would mean that 9 out of 10 commercial premises across the country are occupied. This positive trend is supported by the 14 counties which are below the national vacancy rate of 11 per cent. We would hope that this new data will allow us to work with our partners both in the public and private sector to support effective and long-term planning in the Republic of Ireland.”
GeoDirectory was jointly established by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi ) to create and manage Ireland’s only complete database of commercial and residential buildings. The figures area recorded through a combination of the An Post network of 5,600 delivery staff working with OSi.