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About WDC Insights

WDC Insights is the blog of the Western Development Commission Policy Analysis Team. The WDC Policy Analysis team analyses regional and rural issues, suggests solutions to regional difficulties and provides a regional perspective on national policy objectives. Policy Analysis Team Members are: Deirdre Frost, Helen McHenry and Pauline White. We will all be posting here. You can contact us here, or use our firstnamelastname at wdc.ie Follow us on Twitter @WDCInsights

Get Detailed Census Data for Settlements

On 20 July the CSO released the Small Area Population Statistics (SAPs) from Census 2016. This is Census data at its most detailed geographic level; data across all demographic and socio-economic themes is available at spatial scales down to Small … Continue reading

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Self-employment – What does the Census tell us?

Regular followers of the WDC Insights blog will know that self-employment is a topic we’ve examined a number of times before, drawing on Quarterly National Household Survey data.  However this can only tell us what is happening in the Western … Continue reading

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Home-Based Working in the Western Region

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has published its latest WDC Insights Home-Based Working in the Western Region, download here (267 KB):, which  is the third in a series examining the current nature of work, focussing on work which is often home … Continue reading

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Census 2016-The Western Region – in pictures!

As further results from Census 2016 are published we get an interesting picture of the Western Region in 2016.  The Western Development Commission (WDC) has today published an infographic on aspects of the Western Region from the Census 2016 Summary Results … Continue reading

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Regional Growth- rural areas, towns and cities

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has published its latest WDC Insights Regional Growth- rural areas, towns and cities which is now available for download here. It provides a short discussion of some of the points made in the WDC submission  … Continue reading

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The National Planning Framework – Where is it now?

A conference on Irish planning, held on the 14th of June, brought together planners, policymakers and those interested in the planning process to discuss various aspects of planning.  A key theme of the conference was the proposed National Planning Framework … Continue reading

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Regional Towns: Growth or decline?  Can we tell?

Population change is an important issue and one of the key reasons that we conduct a census in Ireland.  However, as well as being one of the most important indicators of change, it is also an emotive issue.  Population growth … Continue reading

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