NUTS statistical regions of Ireland

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NUTS 3 Regions of Ireland

Ireland uses the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) geocode standard for referencing country subdivisions for statistical purposes.[1] The standard is developed and regulated by the European Union.[2] The NUTS standard is instrumental in delivering European Structural and Investment Funds. The NUTS code for Ireland is IE and a hierarchy of three levels is established by Eurostat. A further level of geographic organisation, the local administrative unit (LAU), in Ireland is the local electoral area.


Level Subdivisions
NUTS 1 1
NUTS 2 statistical regions 3
NUTS 3 statistical regions 8
Local administrative units 166

NUTS levels 1, 2 and 3[edit]

NUTS 1 Code NUTS 2 Code NUTS 3 Code Local government areas
Éire / Ireland IE0 Northern & Western IE04 Border Region IE041 Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo
West Region, Ireland IE042 Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Galway City
Southern IE05 Mid-West Region, Ireland IE051 Clare, Tipperary, Limerick City & County
South-East Region, Ireland IE052 Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford City & County
South-West Region, Ireland IE053 Kerry, Cork and Cork City
Eastern & Midland IE06 Dublin Region IE061 Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin
Mid-East Region, Ireland IE062 Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, Louth
Midlands Region, Ireland IE063 Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath

Demographic statistics by NUTS 3 region[edit]

Regional Authority Population (2016) % of population Area (km2) Population density Capital(s)
Border 394,333 8.28 11,515.69 34.2 Sligo, Letterkenny,
Monaghan, Cavan
West 453,109 9.52 14,289.11 31.7 Galway
Mid-West 473,269 9.94 10,511.43 45.0 Limerick
South-East 422,062 8.86 7,198.08 58.6 Waterford
South-West 690,575 14.50 12,311.73 56.1 Cork
Dublin 1,347,359 28.29 925.91 1,455.2 Dublin
Mid-East 688,857 14.47 6,890.74 100.0 Naas, Dundalk
Midlands 292,301 6.14 6,651.43 43.9 Mullingar, Portlaoise
Ireland 4,761,865 100 70,294.13 67.7 Dublin

Local administrative units[edit]

The local administrative units in Ireland are the local electoral areas.[3] These are subdivisions of local government areas used for local elections. In counties outside Dublin and in the cities and counties, they also form the basis of municipal districts within local authorities.

Regional Assemblies[edit]

Each of the three NUTS 2 regions has a Regional Assembly. These are divided into strategic planning areas, which correspond to the NUTS 3 regions. Prior to 2014, the eight NUTS 3 regions had Regional Authorities. The 2014 act abolished these and transferred their functions to the Regional Assemblies.[4] Assembly members are nominated by constituent local authorities from among their elected councillors. Regions are intended to foster co-ordination and co-operation between local authorities.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Revision to the Irish NUTS2 and NUTS3 regions".
  2. ^ Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/2066 of 21 November 2016 amending the annexes to Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS)
  3. ^ "Correspondence between the NUTS levels and the national administrative units". Eurostat. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  4. ^ Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Amendment) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 228 of 2014). 29 May 2014. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved 24 March 2019, Irish Statute Book.; Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Assemblies) (Establishment) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 573 of 2014). 16 December 2014. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved 24 March 2019, Irish Statute Book.