Huge variations in house vacancy rates between Donegal and Dublin

The number of mortgages being approved has increased by 36 per cent, in the past 6 months, according to the latest figures from the Irish Banking Federation.

The Housing Market Monitor also shows the number of homes listed in the first quarter of this year has dropped 15 per cent, with a significant shortage of family homes available to buy in Dublin.

Goodbody Chief Economist Dermot O'Leary says that's caused house prices to increase in the capital - for the first time since 2007.

However, CSO figures published last week show that while 8.3% of houses in Dublin are vacant, Donegal has the highest vacancy rate in the country at 28.6%.

Dermot O'Leary says it's impossible to talk about a national housing market.........