The number of new dwellings completed in September exceeded the number completed a year ago for the first time since March. 

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that construction recovered in the three months from July to September but was still hampered by Covid-19 restrictions. 

The figures show that in September 1,934 new homes were completed, up 5.2% on the 1,839 homes recorded in September last year.  

However over the three months from July to September, the number of new dwellings overall was down 9.4% from 5,652 a year ago to 5,118. 

The completion of apartments was down 27.5% while schemes decreased by 13.1%. But the completion of single dwellings rose by 15.3%, the CSO said. 

The Eircode with the highest number of completions was Naas, followed by Galway and Cork Southside.  

Completions had suffered an annual drop of 73% back in April but the industry has been recovering since.  

A total of 21,000 housing units were completed in 2019. 

The Central Bank's latest bulletin forecast that 17,500 units might be completed this year. The annual demand for housing each is estimated to be around 30,000 units.