Kerry County Council is tackling the problem of unfinished houses near major towns by allowing people who are not from the area buy them.
Up until now, people had to satisfy certain criteria to purchase new houses in rural areas near big towns, including that they were from there.
The local authority is proposing to remove text from its County Development Plan that gives priority to people connected with the area.
Of the almost 20,000 vacant houses in Kerry, an estimated five to six thousand are near a major town.
Head of planning, Paul Stack, says it’s hoped the new measure will tackle this.