Housebuilding figures for May from the Department of the Environment also showed a rise in activity, with the three-month totals for starts up by 9 per cent on the previous quarter and completions up by 15 per cent. These figures include local authority building.
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The National House-Building Council said 37,400 homes were completed in the last three months, a 12 per cent increase on the second quarter of last year. The number of applications to begin building new homes in the quarter rose by 16 per cent to 41,100.