Dublin Metropolitan Area
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The Dublin Metropolitan Area is the area around Dublin, Ireland and its surrounding counties. The boundaries of the area differs somewhat between various defining bodies. The term itself has no official status in Irish law.
The Dublin Metropolitan Region was formerly the jurisdiction, within the eastern part of Ireland, of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, which was subsequently merged into An Garda Síochána, the national police force of Ireland. This jurisdiction covered parts of the old County Dublin (except the northern part around Swords) as well as the County Kildare town of Leixlip and the County Wicklow towns of Bray, Greystones and Enniskerry. Swords was covered by the Meath Garda Division. In this way, it differed from the usual definition of County Dublin and did not even conform to the looser definition of the Greater Dublin Area. The definition no longer applies as during 2008 the Garda Divisions were realigned along Regional and county boundaries. As of 2009, the Dublin Metropolitan Region is co-extensive with the Dublin Region.
Leixlip was moved to the County Kildare Division and became the district headquarters for the new Leixlip District . Bray moved into the new County Wicklow Division and became district headquarters for the Bray District .
The term originated from the Police Forces Amalgamation Act, 1925 (Section 3); that act amalgamated the Dublin Metropolitan Police and Garda Síochána as one national police force.
A similar term has been used in the Regional Planning Guidelines. Instead of the "Dublin Metropolitan Area ", they refer to the Greater Dublin Area. In this context, the area of Dublin and its environs is to be consolidated as a suburban and metropolitan district. It differentiates between which towns are considered suburbs, and which are considered commuter towns. The area is considered as being from Swords and Malahide in Fingal to Greystones in County Wicklow in the south, and as far west as Kilcock in County Kildare. This differs from the Garda designation in that it stretches some 20 km further west.