There were 5,522 new dwelling completions in Q4 2018, compared with 4,567 completions in Q4 2017, an increase of 20.9%. This brings the total number of new dwelling completions in 2018 to 18,072, an increase of 25.4% to the 14,407 built in 2017.
The Q4 data for 2018 also shows that:
The number of scheme dwellings rose from 2,694 to 3,372, an increase of 25.2%, between Q4 2017 and Q4 2018.
Single dwellings increased by 11.2% between Q4 2017 and Q4 2018, from 1,227 to 1,365.
There were 785 new apartments completed in Q4 2018, an increase of 21.5% on Q4 2017.
Scheme dwellings made up 61.1% of all new dwelling completions in Q4 2018 while 24.7% were single dwellings and 14.2% were apartments.
Just over three quarters of all new dwelling completions in urban areas in Q4 2018
The ESB domestic connections dataset provides information on the type of connection and whether it is in an urban or rural area. Figure 2 below shows that in Q4 2018, more than three quarters of all new dwelling completions (79.3%) are urban with 20.7% being in rural areas compared to Q4 2017 when 78.6% were urban and 21.4% rural.
Dublin and Mid-East make up 60% of all new dwelling completions in Q4 2018
The number of new dwelling completions was highest in Dublin at 2,069 followed by 1,253 in the Mid-East. Together, Dublin and Mid-East made up 60% of all new dwelling completions Q4 2018. Outside of Dublin, there were six counties which had 100 or more new scheme dwellings in Q4 2018. These were Meath, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow, Waterford and Cork County. The highest number of single dwellings completed in Q4 2018 at a regional level was 222 in the South-West. Dublin had 592 new apartments built, three-quarters of all new apartments in Q4 2018.