NUTS statistical regions of Ireland

The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) is a geocode standard for referencing the subdivisions of Ireland for statistical purposes.[1] The standard is developed and regulated by the European Union.[2] The NUTS standard is instrumental in delivering the European Union's Structural Funds. The NUTS code for Ireland is IE and a hierarchy of three levels is established by Eurostat. Below these is a further levels of geographic organisation - the local administrative unit (LAU). In Ireland, the LAUs are electoral divisions.


Level Subdivisions
NUTS 1 1
NUTS 2 statistical regions 3
NUTS 3 statistical regions 8
Local administrative units 3,441

NUTS levels 1, 2 and 3[edit]

NUTS 1 Code NUTS 2 Code NUTS 3 Code Local Government areas

Éire / Ireland
IE0 Northern and 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 and 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 electoral divisions. These are used for statistical purposes and for defining electoral boundaries, and have no local government function.[3]

Regional Assemblies[edit]

Each of the three NUTS 2 regions has a Regional Assembly. 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.

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