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Ireland to Bulldoze 40 Housing Projects as It Clears Ghost Towns

The Irish government will bulldoze about 40 housing projects over the next year as the country continues to repair damage created by western Europe’s worst real estate crash.

The empty properties, known as ghost estates, are among about 1,300 unfinished developments remaining in the country, according to a spokesman for the Irish Department of the Environment. The country had about 2,800 abandoned projects in 2010, said the spokesman, who asked not to be named in line with government policy.