There was a 50% increase in the number of housing commencements in Donegal last year, compared to a national increase of 30%. However, the county recorded the state's largest fall in planning applications last year, while the national trend was up.
The number of applications in Donegal was down 15% in 2014, compared to a national rise of 12%.
The figures are contained in the National Construction Index, which is compiled by Link2Plans.
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