A ghost estate in Dunmanway. Pic: Google

RESIDENTS of 29 estates across West Cork will be breathing a sigh of relief to find they are exempt from paying the controversial new €100 Household Charge this year.

The 29 estates are among just under 300 estates nationwide that have been granted an exemption from paying the charge because they are deemed to be incomplete in terms of public infrastructure such as lighting, footpaths and road surfaces.

Many of the developments exempted would be considered as so-called ghost estates with significant numbers of properties left unfinished following the collapse of the property market.

The West Cork estates that have been exempted are:

Moneview, Dunmanway

Abbey Fort, Kinsale

Altan, Drimoleague

An Faithin, Macroom

Barr na Claisse , Innishannon

Carraig Naofa, Durrus

Carrig Rua, Ballinagree

Castleoaks, Bandon

Cluain Reidh, Ballyvourney

Cois Atha, Skibbereen

Colmans Park, Macroom

Elm Grove, Macroom

Fernhill Drive, Clonakilty

Glenduff, Kilbrittain

Gort Mhiclil, Coolea

Inis Orga, Enniskeane

Reendessert, Ballylickey

Ros Alainn, Macroom

Rosewood Manor, Innishannon

The Granary, Macroom

Kilbarry Road, Dunmanway

The Orchards, Kinsale


And un-named developments at:

Oliver Plunkett St, Bandon

Downeen Road, Rosscarbery

The Miles, Clonakilty

Killarney Road, Macroom

Castle Heights, Bandon

Mariners View, Castletownbere

The Village Kealkil


A full list of all the exempted estates across the country can be views at www.householdcharge.ie.