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 3Edit

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 regionEdit

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 unitsEdit

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 AssembliesEdit

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.

See alsoEdit



  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. ^ "NATIONAL STRUCTURES (EU-28)". Eurostat. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ "S.I. No. 228/2014 - Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Amendment) Order 2014". Irish Statute Book. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2019.; "S.I. No. 573/2014 - Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Assemblies) (Establishment) Order 2014". Irish Statute Book. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2019.

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