Meath Local Authorities

Local Authority

AIRO and NUIM have a long standing working relationship with Meath Local Authorities and have deleivered a number of projects to support both Planning and Community & Enterprise. More recently the project team at AIRO developed the 'Meath Economic and Spatial Baseline Study'. The project conveys the changes in economic activity in the county over the past 20 years plotting, inter alia, the growth in population, employment, infrastructure capacity, regional development, global economics, education, labour skills, research and development.

It conveys the changes in economic activity in the county over the past 20 years plotting, inter alia, the growth in population, employment, infrastructure capacity, regional development, global economics, education, labour skills, research and development. - See more at:

Kildare Local Authorities

Local Authority

AIRO has an on-going working relationship with Kildare Local Authorities and has recently developed two major projects on Wind Strategy Mapping and an economic baseline project to support the Kildare Local Development Committee (LCDC). Member of the Kildare Planning section have also partaken in AIRO Data for Decision GIS workshops.

Dublin City Council

Local Authority

This project, 'Housing intelligence for Dublin - A report on the housing monitoring tool for Dublin', focuses on demonstrating how the cartographic visualisation of housing data for Dublin and the production of an online housing monitoring tool can be used to support decision-making in relation to the delivery by a local authority of its role and statutory responsibilities in the provision of housing and related services.

It is expected that the final results of this project will be available in early September 2014.

Dr Gavin McArdle and team embers at AIRO are also currently working with Dublin City Council and The Programmable City Team at Maynooth University to deliver The Dublin Dashboard which will provide citizens, government workers and companies with real-time information, urban indicator and benchmarking data, and other forms of data about all aspects of the city – transport, environment, economy, housing, culture, population, health, etc  – through a series of interactive graphs, maps and apps. Users of the dashboard can gain detailed, up-to-date intelligence about the city that will help foster smart decision making and smart citizens.  It pulls together data from major data sources including DCC, Dublinked, CSO, Eurostat, and government departments, and links to a variety of existing apps.


Southside Partnership/Dún Laoghaire Rathdown

Local Authority

AIRO has worked with Southside Partnership (SSP) and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (DLR) on a series of projects in the last number of years.

In a joint project with Southside Partnership and The Department of Social Protection, AIRO developed a detailed live register mapping system. This mapping system provided SSP with local level information (small area level) on live register recipients - jobseekers benefit, jobseekers allowance, one parent families - from 2008 to 2013.

In November 2012 the project team at AIRO developed 'A Social Inclusion Profile of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown'. This report offered an early insight into Census 2011and provided an updated set of social inclusion indicators for the 'target' neighbourhoods in DLR.

Regional Assemblies (S&E and BMW)

Regional Assembly

AIRO have delivered a number of recent projects for the Regional Assemblies in Ireland.

In 2013, the AIRO project team and colleagues at NIRSA developed a socio-economic profile of Ireland to feed into a Needs Analysis for the ERDF and ESF Co-Financed Operational Programmes 2014-2020. The completed project was developed by the two Regional Assemblies, the ESF Managing Authority (Dept of Education and Skills), Limerick Institute of Technology (Ciaran Lynch) and AIRO/NIRSA (Gavin Daly and Justin Gleeson).  

Following the completion of the Gateways and Hubs Development Index (GHDI) AIRO were contracted by the Regional Assemblies to develop a GHDI Dashboard to summarise the results. This output is now embedded on both the SERA and BMW website.

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

Government & Agencies

Commissioned by SEAI, researchers at NIRSA and AIRO completed a study examining local authority wind energy policy and strategies across Ireland with the objective of identifying commonalities and differences between methodological approaches for selecting preferred and non-preferred areas for wind energy development and the implications for achieving Ireland's renewable energy targets.

Environment Protection Agency (EPA)

Government & Agencies

Dr Ainhoa Gonzalez and the project team at AIRO are currently involved in a research project as part of the STRIVE Programme. The Environmental Sensitivity Mapping (ESM) project aims to deliver an online tool to support environmental assessment processes in Ireland.


Government & Agencies

As part of the development of the Local Property Tax (LPT), the project team at AIRO worked with colleagues at Revenue to compile a detailed inventory of spatial datasets to feed into the initial LPT valuation modelling. Using a wide variety of spatial datasets (Census, AIRO accessibility scores, Pobal HP Deprivation Index, PPR) this was the first time that a local level property valuation have been developed in Ireland.

The LPT map viewer provides a guide to average market values of properties in a given locality and offers an indicative valuation band for properties depending on type, age and location. It does not provide market values for individual properties. The guidance is primarily based on the market value of properties sold since the year 2010 in the area, adjusted for average price movements in the interim.

The results of the LPT are also now embedded as a layer in all AIRO Local and Regional mapping modules.

The Arts Council

Government & Agencies

AIRO are currently working with The Arts Council on a research project to develop in-house capabilities in data analytics. The initial phase of this project has developed an interactive dashboard to visualise the potential catchment and critical mass with proximity to 70+ arts venues across Ireland.

Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

EU Spatial Planning

AIRO are currently developing an All-Island Atlas - both digital and hard copy. As part of this project AIRO also has to deliver four cross-border data data (based on our Data for Decisions workshops) and a series of census seminars. This project will also develop a new All-Island Deprivation index. The project is due to be completed in December 2014 with hard back Atlas launched in January 2015.

This project is being developed under the Evidence-Based Planning theme of the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross-border Cooperation Observatory (INICCO-2) CrosSPlaN-2 funded research programme which responds to the need for sustained support to territorial cooperation in the Irish border region.

The project is part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.


EU Spatial Planning

The ESPON 2007-2013 Programme, the European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion, was adopted by the European Commission on 7 November 2007. ESPON is a transnational planning and related research programme. It has a European focus and seeks to inform a better understanding of spatial planning and territorial cohesion policies at local, regional, national and transnational levels in Europe.

The programme budget of €47 million is part-financed at the level of 75 % by the European Regional Development Fund under Objective 3 for European Territorial Cooperation. The rest is financed by 31 countries participating, 27 EU Member States and Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The mission of the ESPON 2013 Programme is to:

Support policy development in relation to the aim of territorial cohesion and a harmonious development of the European territory by:

(1) Providing comparable information, evidence, analyses and scenarios on territorial dynamics;

(2) Revealing territorial capital and potentials for development of regions and larger territories contributing to European competitiveness, territorial cooperation and a sustainable and balanced development.

NIRSA acts as the national contact point for ESPON in Ireland and maintains a website containing all ESPON related news and events. You can view the ESPONIreland website here

In recent years AIRO has been involved in a number of ESPON 'Targeted Analyses' projects. Targeted Analyses are carried through in close cooperation between stakeholders, a group of experts and the ESPON Programme and emphasis is put on the operational use of the results of the analyses in practice.

DG Regio

EU Spatial Planning

The project team at AIRO are currently involved in a pan-European project aimed at delivering an Ex post evaluation of Cohesion policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the European Regioanl Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF). AIRO are acting as the national expert for Ireland and responsible for gathering and quality assessing physical data reported by Managing Authorities in their Annual Implementation Reports and assessing the feasibility of gathering financial data broken down by priority theme to the NUTS2 and 3 level of region.

AIRO are working with EU spatial planning colleagues from Spatial Foresight and T33 Sound Policy on this project.