A COUNCIL house in Donnybrook has been vacant for almost ten years, a situation described as 'scandalous' in the midst of a housing crisis.
Almost 7,500 people are currently registered on Cork County Council's social housing waiting list but the property at 20 James Connolly Place has been officially deemed vacant since May 2009.
Former County Mayor Seamus McGrath has slammed the situation as thousands face lengthy waits for a home.
The property is due to be transferred to Clúid, a not-for-profit charity and the largest housing association in the country, but the process has been beset by problems surrounding its needs for refurbishment.
Mr McGrath said he has repeatedly raised the issue with the Council but no progress has been made as the Government has capped funding for homes that need to be refurbished at €30,000.
He said that despite the need for 'significant funds' to turn the property around, the situation should never have been let to reach this point.
"The fact that this house has been vacant for almost 10 years is nothing short of a scandal," the Fianna Fáil councillor said.
“We have been in a deep housing crisis for the past number of years and this property is sitting vacant in a high demand area in Douglas,” Mr McGrath said.