There was a sharp jump in new house building projects in April and May, according to an analysis of official figures by Goodbody Stockbrokers.

Based on Building Energy Ratings (BER) statistics, Goodbody's chief economist Dermot O'Leary said housing completions may also have increased sharply by 39% in the months from April to June this year.

However, this is in comparison to the lockdown months of April to June in 2020.

When compared to the same time in 2019, completions were down 7%. Official statistics on completions will be published by the Central Statistics Office this Thursday.

The analysis shows that when compared to second quarter 2019, completions in Dublin were down 24%. Commuter counties were down 22%.

But separate figures from the Department of Housing show the number of housing starts up dramatically on two years ago.

Starts for the months of April and May were 9,705, up 250% on the same months in 2019.

The number of housing starts for the year to date is 12,580, the highest since 2008.

Starts are up 36% in the Mid-East and 31% in Dublin compared to the same time in 2019.