NUIG to host seminar on dereliction and vacant properties today

Galway daily news Galway has Ireland's second highest level of vacant commercial buildings

NUI Galway will host a seminar this afternoon on regional vacancy and dereliction in the north and west of Ireland. 

The online event is the second seminar in a series by the Rural Studies Centre at NUI Galway.

Economist John Daly will present an overview of a recent report entitled ‘Regional Vacancy and Dereliction Analysis’, which identified over 44,000 properties that were either vacant or derelict in the Northern and Western Region.

The seminar is open to the public, policymakers and key rural stakeholders, both nationally and internationally and can be accessed at

At the launch of the series last month, President of NUI Galway Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh welcomed the focus on rural studies. 

“NUI Galway is delighted to lead this Rural Seminar Series in collaboration with the Department of Rural and Community Development,” he said.

“The series will provide an excellent opportunity for higher Irish Education Institutes and Research Centres to connect, network and learn from each other and in doing so, further rural research and development.”