The number of new homes which have commenced construction in September was 28% higher than in the same period last year.
Figures published by the Department of Housing show that 26,106 Commencement Notices were recorded in September.

The figure for the three Dublin local authorities was 8,714 (up 23%), while the Mid-East Region comprising counties Meath, Wicklow, Kildare and Louth was 6,594 (up 23%).

The number of Commencement Notices in the rest of the country was 10,798 (up 35%). 

Commencement Notices are issued to local authorities by builders in advance of construction getting underway. 

Other figures published today showed that 31,804 planning permissions were granted in the second quarter of 2019. This was 21% up on the same period last year.