He was informed that as of the last Census carried out in Donegal there were 19,043 vacant residences.
These were comprised of 9,725 houses, 1,043 flats and 8,275 holiday homes. This equates to 27 per cent of the total housing stock in Donegal which currently stands at 70,526 ...
"Given Donegal's population of 150,000 the number of houses equates to one house for every two people. That is far higher than the national average and is just not sustainable," said Cllr Harte.
He also stated that the number of vacant properties should raise serious questions for future planning decisions made by the council.
"We have been left with an overhang of properties and we are going to have to seriously consider all planning applications which come in to the council in the future ...
"Now is the time to look at where we are going in the future. We can't just keep building houses because the population is not there to sustain that amount of building.
"There are at least 1,500 people on council housing lists and the council and the department should be buying properties now to address the deficit which exists at a time when prices are low."