NUTS 3 statistical regions of the Republic of Ireland

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Map of Ireland showing regions

There are eight regions at NUTS III level in Ireland which came into existence in 1994, under the terms of the Local Government Act 1991. The geographical remit of each region is currently defined by combining the areas under the jurisdiction of three or more LAU-1 units of local government - the county and city councils. One exception is that North Tipperary and South Tipperary remain in separate regions despite sharing a single Tipperary County Council under the Local Government Reform Act 2014. Each Region was governed by an associated Regional Authority.[1] The role of the authorities was to monitor and regulate the delivery of the EU Structural Fund and to promote the co-ordination of the provision of public services. The Regional Authorities were dissolved in 2014 and were replaced by Regional Assemblies.[2]

Geographic remit

The geographic remit of the regions is defined by the Local Government Acts of 1991 and 2001:[3]

No. Name Local Government areas included
1. Border Region Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan, Sligo
2. West Region Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Galway City
3. Midlands Region Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath
4. Mid-East Region Kildare, Meath, Wicklow
5. Dublin Region Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin and Dublin City
6. South-East Region Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford City & County
7. South-West Region Kerry, Cork and Cork City
8. Mid-West Region Clare, North Tipperary, Limerick City & County

Governing bodies

The former Regional Authorities were:

  1. Border Regional Authority
  2. West Regional Authority
  3. Midlands Regional Authority
  4. Mid-East Regional Authority
  5. Dublin Regional Authority
  6. South-East Regional Authority
  7. South-West Regional Authority
  8. Mid-West Regional Authority

Demographic statistics

Regional Authority Population (2006) % of population Area (km²) Population density Capital(s) NUTS code
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 IE021
Mid-East 475,360 11.21 6,061.34 78.4 Naas IE022
Mid-West 361,028 8.52 8,248.64 43.8 Limerick IE023
Midland 251,664 5.94 6,625.38 38.0 Athlone IE012
South-East 460,838 10.87 9,451.51 48.8 Waterford IE024
South-West 621,130 14.65 12,242.23 50.7 Cork IE025
West 414,277 9.77 14,286.87 29.0 Galway IE013
Republic of Ireland 4,239,848 100 70,182.24 60.4 Dublin IE0

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