The 2016 census says to back track on the bedsit ban. Article from Independant.ie

Some of these ideas would certainly help the Limerick property market. The consensus among Limerick Auctioneers and Estate Agents would be that if all these scenarios were put into play the Limerick property market and the rest of the country would be in a better state.

Too much red tape is the biggest problem, Limerick Auctioneers , Estate Agents, tenants and landlords alike would be very much behind these very straightforward ideas.

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