Kerry estate agent says Government needs to reduce VAT and levies to stimulate house building

A Kerry estate agent says the Government needs to look at reviewing VAT and levies in certain counties to stimulate house building.

The comments come as the latest results of Census 2016 show that just over 2 per cent of privately owned houses are being offered for sale in Kerry.

The state average is 1.2 per cent.

In the past 12 months there has been a 17 per cent drop in the number of houses for sale in Kerry; in January 1,575 units were on sale in the county.

Paul Stephenson from agents Sherry Fitzgerald Stephenson Crean says action needs to be taken as prices are rising as demand is there: