Mid-East Region, Ireland

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The Mid-East region of Ireland with each constituent county council highlighted.

The Mid-East Region is a NUTS Level III region of Ireland . It consists of the area under the jurisdiction of the county councils of counties Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, which border the Dublin Region. The Mid-East region spans 6,063 km2, 8.7% of the total area of the state (roughly 7% of the Island) and according to the 2006 census has a population of 475,360.[1] The Regional Capital is Wicklow.[2] Its NUTS code is IE022.

The Mid-East has experienced continuous population growth since 1961. This growth is primarily influenced by the regions close proximity to the Dublin Region. The region has large urban areas and contains almost 20 towns with a population of over 5,000. But the region mostly has a rural landscape and the total area of viable agricultural land in the Mid-East is 69%. The manufacturing industry employs a significant amount of people in the region and it is the location of high tech industries in areas such as Leixlip and Bray.

The region contains notable tourist attractions such as Trim Castle, Kildare Cathedral, Brú na Bóinne and Glendalough. Prominent geographical features include the River Liffey, the Wicklow Mountains and the Curragh of Kildare which is a major centre of stud farming.

Mid-East Regional Authority[edit]

The Mid-East Region was administered by the Mid-East Regional Authority, which consisted of 21 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 three administrative councils of the region:[1]

The Regional Authorities were dissolved in 2014 and were replaced by Regional Assemblies.[3]


[4]According to Eurostat figures for 2012, the region has GDP of €13,316 bn and a GDP per capita of €24,700

Major settlements[edit]

A list of the ten largest settlements in the mid-east. County capitals are included and are shown in bold.

Rank Town County Population
(2006 census)
1 Bray Wicklow 31,901
2 Navan Meath 24,851
3 Naas Kildare 20,044
4 Newbridge Kildare 18,520
5 Celbridge Kildare 17,262
6 Leixlip Kildare 14,676
7 Greystones Wicklow 14,569
8 Arklow Wicklow 11,759
9 Maynooth Kildare 10,715
10 Athy Kildare 10,490

See also[edit]