NUTS 3 statistical regions of the Republic of Ireland

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There are eight regions at NUTS III level in Ireland. The NUTS regions for Ireland were agreed between Eurostat and the Government of Ireland, in line with the minimum and maximum population thresholds set out by Eurostat for the size of NUTS regions. The geographical remit of each region is defined by combining the areas under the jurisdiction of LAU-1 units of local government — the counties and cities of Ireland. Prior to 2014,[1] each region was governed by an associated Regional Assembly.[2] Since that date, the association between Regional Assemblies and NUTS regions has ceased. The NUTS regions are used for statistical reporting to Eurostat, while the Regional Assemblies are responsible for planning at a local government level.


The eight NUTS 3 regions
Map No. Region Code Region Name Local Government areas included
1. IE011 Border Region Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan, Sligo
2. IE013 West Region Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Galway City
3. IE012 Midland Region Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath
4. IE022 Mid-East Region Kildare, Meath, Wicklow
5. IE021 Dublin Region Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin and Dublin City
6. IE024 South-East Region Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford City & County
7. IE025 South-West Region Kerry, Cork and Cork City
8. IE023 Mid-West Region Clare, North Tipperary, Limerick City & County

North Tipperary County Council and South Tipperary County Council were unified into a single local authority for the county on 1 June 2014. The current NUTS classification was released in 2013, and remains in place until the end of 2016, therefore Tipperary remains divided for statistical purposes in two different NUTS 3 regions until the next amendment to the classification is released in 2017, which will take into account the changes to the Local Administrative Units of each member state.

Demographic statistics by region[edit]

Regional Authority Population (2006) % of population Area (km²) Population density Capital(s)
Border 468,375 11.05 12,345.61 37.9 Dundalk, Sligo, Letterkenny,
Monaghan, Cavan
Dublin 1,187,176 28.0 920.66 1,289.5 Dublin
Mid-East 475,360 11.21 6,061.34 78.4 Naas
Mid-West 361,028 8.52 8,248.64 43.8 Limerick
Midland 251,664 5.94 6,625.38 38.0 Mullingar, Portlaoise
South-East 460,838 10.87 9,451.51 48.8 Waterford
South-West 621,130 14.65 12,242.23 50.7 Cork
West 414,277 9.77 14,286.87 29.0 Galway
Republic of Ireland 4,239,848 100 70,182.24 60.4 Dublin

Former regional assemblies[edit]

Prior to 2014, 8 regional assemblies existed in Ireland. The Statutory Instrument of 2014 abolished these assemblies. Their assets were transferred to three newly established Assemblies. These three assemblies do not correspond to the NUTS 2 regions. The NUTS regions are used for statistical reporting to Eurostat, while the Regional Assemblies are responsible for planning at a local government level. In addition, there are currently 34 Local Authority Units (LAU’s) under NUTS Level 4. Therefore, while the three Regional Assemblies together govern the NUTS regions at all levels, the NUTS regions do not correspond to the Regional Assemblies.[3]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ S.I. No. 228 Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Amendment) Order 2014
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  3. ^ Statutory Instrument 573/2014