Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The county’s deepening property crisis is now impacting recently graduated medical students due to start work in Mayo University Hospital.

An extreme shortage of rental properties in the county, means medical professionals moving to Mayo later this month to work in Mayo University Hospital are finding it a struggle to source accommodation.

One concerned parent contacted the Western People after her son and other medical interns, who graduated earlier this month and are due to start work at Mayo University Hospital, encountered undue difficulties securing rental accommodation.

“I couldn’t believe how bad it was,” said the medical student’s parent. “We rang every letting agent in Castlebar and they told us they have never had as few rental properties on their books,” they added.

This concerned parent suggested that a better system for sourcing accommodation needs to be put in place for medical professionals moving to Mayo. “I’m sure it’s not just medics having difficulties, I’m sure it’s the same for young teachers and other graduates,” they remarked.

There are currently just 24 rental properties in the entire county listed on property website Mayo’s biggest town, Castlebar, boasts just six homes to rent. In Ballina, the figures are even starker with only three in the town, and in Westport, there are also just three available.


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