Over 50 vacant pubs across the country are to be turned into housing.

The long-closed public houses are to be converted as part of a scheme aimed at boosting housing and reducing the number of vacant properties, according to the Irish Times.

The pubs which span 24 local authority areas can be changed into living accommodation without planning permission under the scheme which targeted vacant and 'above the shop' dwellings.

Across the region a total of 16 pubs were converted into living accommodation.

12 of those were in Mayo, the highest number of conversions in any local authority in the country.

1 pub was converted in each Roscommon, Leitrim, Galway City and Galway County with none in Sligo. 


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