Launch of the Atlas of the Island of Ireland

‘The Atlas of the Island of Ireland’ was launched last week during the annual CCBS/ICLRD conference in Enniskillen.

Cover of The Atlas of the Island of IrelandIn 2011 there was a Census in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and this publication combines the data to present maps at a small area (SA) level for a wide range of socio-economic variables for the island of Ireland.

Prepared by the All-Island Research Observatory  the atlas includes discussion and all-island maps examining:

  1. Population Distribution and Change
  2. Economic Status and Labour Force
  3. Industry of Employment
  4. Education
  5. Transport
  6. Housing
  7. Nationality and Ethnicity
  8. Religion
  9. Health and Caring
  10. All-Island HP Deprivation Index

All of the data is also available online and can be used for data visualisation. The data can be accessed here

The atlas shows that some of the most striking differences across the border in 2011 related to the labour market with Northern Ireland experiencing far lower unemployment rates and higher participation rates. While Wholesale and Retail, Health and Construction were considerably more important sources of employment in the North than the South in 2011, the opposite was true for Agriculture, Finance and Insurance, and Information and Communication.

Another notable pattern was that of Public Administration, Security and Defence which overall was more important in the North, but is also very strong in an area of the North West/Midlands (Donegal, Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford, Offaly and Laois), partly due to limited alternative professional and clerical opportunities.

Health was another area of distinct difference with far higher shares of the population in the South recording their health as Very Good or Good with higher shares in the North giving their health status as Very Bad or Bad. This could be partly related to the younger age profile in the South.

The project was developed under the Evidence-Based Planning theme of the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross-border Cooperation Observatory (INICCO-2) CrosSPlaN-2 funded research programme.

Pauline White


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