The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has released figures for New Dwelling Completions in the first quarter of 2022.

The Laytown/Bettystown local election area had the highest number of new builds outside of the capital.

Commenting on the release, Justin Anderson, Statistician, told Meath Live “The number of new dwelling completions in the first quarter of 2022 was 5,669. This was a 44.5% increase from Q1 2021 when there were COVID-19 restrictions in place, and also 15.1% higher than Q1 2020, the period prior to the pandemic.

The amount and proportion of new builds comprising of apartments has continued to increase. There were 1,742 apartment completions this quarter, up 148.5% from Q1 2021, with apartments accounting for close to a third (30.7%) of all completions. Scheme dwellings were up 25.0% to 2,821 from the first quarter of 2021 while single dwellings rose 14.5% to 1,106. Of all completions in Q1 2022, 49.8% were scheme, 30.7% were apartments and 19.5% were single dwellings.

Seven of the eight regions of Ireland saw an increase in completions from Q1 2021, with a 120.8% rise in Dublin and 77.6% in the South-East. More than four-fifths of all apartment completions were in Dublin (85.5%) and apartments now account for more than two-thirds of all new dwelling completions in Dublin (69.6%). The Mid-East region accounted for 30.2% of total scheme dwellings this quarter while the South-West region had the highest number of single dwelling completions, with 16.8% of all nationally.

At a Local Electoral Area (LEA) level, North Inner City in Dublin had the most completions. The eight LEAs with the most completions were all in Dublin while Laytown-Bettystown in Meath was the highest outside the capital.”