The scheme has been subject to criticism, with claims it's only attractive to a select group.
A midlands auctioneer is defending Vacant Properties Refurbishment Grant, despite many having issues with the scheme.
Concerns have been raised the grant is only attractive to a select group.
The grant offers up to €70,000 to refurbish a vacant or derelict property, however, the owner would need to raise their own funding initially and be reimbursed once the works have been completed.
Independent Councillor, John Leahy, of Leahy Midland Auctioneers, says the scheme is still a good way to bring vacant homes back on stream: