The development of the new National Planning Framework (NPF)* is now underway. This new framework will be the successor to the National Spatial Strategy (NSS). The NPF will be the long-term, 20 year strategy for the spatial development of Ireland that will promote a better quality of life for all, with sustainable economic growth and an environment of the highest quality as key underlying principles. The NPF will influence regional strategies and county development plans as it will be the central planning policy document for the Country and through this it will provide a clear vision to guide future development and investment decisions.

In recent weeks the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) held a series of preliminary stakeholder workshops with representatives and organisations from around the country. As part of this process, the team at AIRO developed a series of key maps on some of the most relevant and pressing themes in Ireland today – demographic change, old age, housing vacancy, private rented accommodation, commuting flows etc.  

The new series of maps are now available to download as a JPEG or PDF file from the map archive on the AIRO website. The images produced contain national maps representing distributions of different variables across various themes at the Small Area (SA) or Electoral Division (ED) level. The images available also include detailed inset maps of spatial distributions within the five national cities – Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. All of the data behind the maps is based on Census 2011 results from the Central Statistics Office.

See examples on Population Aged 65+, Private Rented Households and the Pobal HP Deprivation Index below. 

Image 1: Populated Aged 65 plus, 2011

Image 2: Private Rented Households, 2011

Image 3: Pobal HP Deprivation Index, 2011

You can download the new maps from our archive using the links below:

Demographics maps: Population Change 2002 to 2011, Population Aged 15 to 65, Population Aged 0 to 14, Pobal HP Deprivation Score, Non-Irish Nationals

Industry, Employment & Labour Market maps: Jobs per Small Area, Unemployment Rate

Transport Maps: Net Commuting Flow (inward less outward)

Housing Maps:  Private Rented Households, Housing Vacancy Rate

You can also interact with the data on our National Mapping Viewer here

* For more information on the National Planning Framework please download the NPF Planning Policy Statement and a Roadmap for the delivery of the NPF.