South-East Region, Ireland

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The South-East region of Ireland with each constituent county/city council highlighted.

The South-East Region is a NUTS Level III region of Ireland. It consists of the area under the jurisdiction of the county councils of counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Wexford, and Waterford City & County Council. The South-East region spans 9,406 km2, 13.5% of the total area of the state and according to the 2006 census has a population of 460,838. The regional capital is Waterford city.[1] Its NUTS code is IE024.

South-East Regional Authority[edit]

The South-East region was administered by the South-East Regional Authority, which consisted of 36 elected representatives including the region's representative on the EU Committee of the Regions. These representatives met once a month and are nominated from the five local government councils of the region:[1]

The Regional Authorities were dissolved in 2014 and were replaced by Regional Assemblies.[2]


According to the 2006 census, the region had a population of 460,838, which constitutes 11.0% of the national population. Its population density was 49 persons per km2. The population of the regional capital, Waterford, was 49,213.[1]

The main urban centres within the region each exceed 17,000 in terms of population with an evenly distributed network of second and third-tier towns.[1] This is also supplemented by a strong rural settlement initiative.[1]


Regional GDP in 2004 was given as €11,695m, with GDP per capita forming 81.6% of the state. Its GDP per capita was 115.4% of EU25.[1] The workforce of the region in 2006 was 219,759, which equated to a 95.22% employment rate in 2007.[1]

The economy of the South-East region is primarily based on several key sectors, ranging from agriculture, to manufacturing, to services and tourism.[1] A high proportion of the regions manufacturing sector is foreign-owned. It is also an attractive area for investment due to it Industry and Technology parks a highly educated labour force bolstered by three Third Level Education Institutes.[1]

The economy is also strengthened by its good quality transport and economic infrastructure. Tourism in the region is aided by its rich natural, historic and archaeological sites, which attract over 2 million people annually.[1]

Major settlements[edit]

A list of the ten largest settlements in the South-East region. County capitals are included and are shown in bold.

Urban Centres
Rank Urban Centres County Population
(2006 census)
1 Waterford Waterford 49,213
2 Kilkenny Kilkenny 22,179
3 Carlow Carlow 20,724
4 Wexford Wexford 20,072
5 Clonmel South Tipperary 17,008
6 Tramore Waterford 9,634
7 Enniscorthy Wexford 9,538
8 Dungarvan Waterford 8,362
9 New Ross Wexford 7,709
10 Gorey Wexford 7,709

See also[edit]