As It Happens | Sep 7, 2012 | 6:29
Irish Ghost Estates
When Graham Usher put down a deposit on a new place in the Priory Hall development in Dublin, Ireland, in 2005, it seemed his dreams were coming true. In 2007, the dream began to sour. Problems arose with the plumbing, the heating, the boiler: problems not typical of new constructions. By 2009, the City Council, which owned 26 of the apartments for use as assisted housing, got its tenants out. It had concerns about fire safety. In 2011, the company that had been insuring Priory Hall said it was withdrawing its policy - again with concerns about fire. In October, the building was condemned the building and everyone was ordered out. Priory Hall is just one of reportedly 2000 plus 'ghost estates'. We reached Graham Usher on his mobile phone in Dublin.