Derelict Site Definition
The Derelict Sites Act, 1990, defines a derelict site as any land that “detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in question because of”:
Structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition, or
The neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of the land or of structures on it, or
The presence, deposit or collection of litter, rubbish, debris or waste
The Council can force owners to clean up these sites. It may prosecute owners who do not comply with notices served, to purchase land compulsorily; and to carry out necessary work themselves and charge the owners for the cost.
Under the Derelict Sites Act 1990, it is an offence to:
Remove, damage or deface a notice posted by the local authority regarding a derelict site.
Fail to carry out the measures required by the local authority to prevent a property from being classed as derelict within an allotted time.
Fail to notify the local authority of the transfer of land or interest in land (other than by will or on an intestacy) from one person to another. Both parties must notify the local authority in writing within 4 weeks of the transfer.
Fail to notify the local authority of the transfer of land or interest in land by will or on an intestacy. The new owner must notify the local authority in writing within 6 months and the representative of the person under whose will or upon whose intestacy the transfer occurred must notify the local authority in writing within 2 months.
Prevent an authorised person from entering or carrying out authorised business on the derelict site.
Anyone who commits an offence under this Act can be prosecuted by the local authority.
The local authority can buy a derelict site in its area, either by agreement with the owner or by compulsory purchase. It must advertise the details of any proposed compulsory purchase in the local newspaper and send a notice to the owner or occupier of the land, giving information about how and where to object to the purchase. If an objection is made, the local authority cannot buy the land without the consent of An Bord Pleanála.
If An Bord Pleanála approves the compulsory purchase and the local authority has dealt with any objections received, the local authority can buy the land, using a vesting order.
Derelict Sites Levy
The derelict sites levy amounts to 7% of the market value of the land concerned. The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government may prescribe a higher percentage, which cannot be more than 10% of the market value.
Derelict Site Register
|Number||File Reference||Address & type of Derelict Site||Owner||Urban Area||Date Entered||Valuation|
|1||DS 003||The Angler's Rest, Ballinafad, Co Sligo (former pub)||Robert Fitzmaurice & Catherine Flynn/Fitzmaurice, Ballinafad, Boyle, Co. Sligo||Yes||12/01/2008||€40,000|
|2||DS 008||Main Street, Enniscrone, Co Sligo - Old Cottage||Marie Sheridan (Harry Sheridan deceased)||Yes||24/07/2007||€125,000|
|3||DS 019||Ardnaglass Upper, Grange, Co Sligo - House||Lesley Feeney, 48, Fort Haven, Coolaney & Leslie Feeney, 60, Maugheraboy||Yes||18/06/2010||€5,000|
|4||DS 020||Tawnymucklagh, Monasterraden, Co Sligo - Old Cottage||Vincent Woods||Yes||17/05/2007||€20,000|
|5||DS 044||15, Connolly Park, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo - House||Margaret Finan & others, Carrigans Upper, Ballymote||Yes||27/01/2022||€35,000|
|6||DS 046||Carrowhubbock South, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo - House||Kathleen Coleman, Main Street, Enniscrone||Yes||28/11/2008||€275,000|
|7||DS 047||The Hollow, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo||Gay Boland (Chairperson)||Yes||12/01/2011||€30,000|
|8||DS 074||Old Street, Collooney, Co Sligo - Former Crystal factory||Richard Barber, Carrowleam, Coolaney||Yes||02/10/2010||€100,000|
|9||DS 080||Cissy's Macs Drumcliffe - Former Pub||Thomas & Josephine McGuinn, Cloonmull House, Drumcliffe||Yes||30/04/2012||€75,000|
|10||DS 100||High St./Market St. (old Savoy Cinema)||Emma, Glenda, Imelda, Martin, Ronan & Tracey Gilroy, Grange||Yes||21/10/2003||€1,500,000|
|11||DS 104||Former Creche, Rathbraughan Park||David Harkin, Townahoosey, Killargue, Dromahaire||Yes||09/06/2022||€50,000|
|12||DS 108||35-42 Holborn Street, Sligo - Houses||Noel Keegan, Dowra||Yes||09/12/2021||€700,000|
|13||DS 112||10, Chapel Street, Sligo - House||Barnes Murphy, Erin House, Rosses Point||Yes||27/04/2021||€100,000|
|14||DS 113||11, Chapel Street, Sligo - House||Barnes Murphy, Erin House, Rosses Point||Yes||27/04/2021||€100,000|
|15||DS 114||12, Chapel Street, Sligo - House||Barnes Murphy, Erin House, Rosses Point||Yes||27/04/2021||€100,000|
|16||DS 116||Westgardens, Sligo - Old Hall||Aidan Mannion, The Record Room, Grattan Street||Yes||21/10/2003||€150,000|
|17||DS 117||Westgardens/Market Street, Sligo - Building Property B||Michael Garvey, Ballyogan, Culleens, Marian & David Garvey, 6, Meadowvale, Tonaphubble||Yes||21/10/2003||€75,000|
|18||DS 118||Westgardens/Market Street, Sligo - Building Property C||Michael Garvey, Ballyogan, Culleens, Marian & David Garvey, 6, Meadowvale, Tonaphubble||Yes||21/10/2003||€|
|19||DS 151||113, Garavogue Villas, Sligo - House||Betty Moran, c/o O'Connor Johnson||Yes||02/11/2017||€100,000|
|20||DS 160||18, Connolly Park, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo - House||The Owner||Yes||27/01/2022||€44,000|
|21||DS 168||22, Market Street, Sligo||David Garvey & Marian Garvey, 6, Meadowvale, Tonaphubble||Yes||21/10/2003||€100,000|
|22||DS 175||61, St. Joseph's Terrace, Sligo - House||Augustine Gorman, 2, Garavogue Villas||Yes||04/12/2019||€100,000|
|23||DS 178||7 Knock Terrace, Wolfe Tone Street - House||Peter Forkin, Drimrue Cross, Powelsborough, Tubbercurry||Yes||17/06/2021||€200,000|
|24||DS 187||1, Charles Street, Abbeyquarter, Sligo - House||Mark Barron & Keith Wilson, Donegal Rd., Ballybofey||Yes||26/11/2020||€78,000|
|25||DS 189||29, Chapel Street, Sligo - House||Rory Carroll, Ballyscannell, Ballinfull||Yes||15/04/2021||€75,000|
|26||DS 192A||1, Lower Quay Street, Sligo||Frances Kelly, Sligo Estates, Quay Street||Yes||21/07/2022||€50,000|
|27||DS 192B||2, Lower Quay Street, Sligo||The Owner||Yes||21/07/2022||€75,000|
|28||DS 195||No. 9, Church Street, Sligo||Noel Ward, Drumiskabole, Carraroe||Yes||20/01/2023||€|
|29||DS 204||3, Dominick Street, Sligo||Concepta Lynch, c/o Murphy Ballantyne||Yes||28/02/2023||€|
|30||DS 218||38, St. Joseph's Terrace||The Owner||Yes||11/08/2022||€100,000|
|31||DS 210||13, Market Street||Martin Hession, Ave Maria, Drumiskabole, Ballysadare||Yes||16/03/2023||€|