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Saturday 20 January 2018

Revealed: Ireland's most affluent and disadvantaged areas

The 'Deprivation Index' starkly reveals multiple pockets of affluence in areas of south and east Dublin

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Sean Nolan

An analysis of the 2016 Census data by Pobal has revealed Ireland's most affluent and disadvantaged areas

The 'Deprivation Index' starkly reveals multiple pockets of affluence in areas of the south and east of Dublin while there are high levels of disadvantage in parts of the north and west of the city.

Screen grab of the Dublin area electoral map on the Deprivation Index. Dark blue areas are ranked as 'affluent', while orange areas are ranked as 'disadvantaged'
Screen grab of the Dublin area electoral map on the Deprivation Index. Dark blue areas are ranked as 'affluent', while orange areas are ranked as 'disadvantaged'

Pobal draws on a number of data points to compile the index, such as employment levels and education levels, and then they apply these to a whole range of area types, from counties to electoral divisions.

Drilling into the maps it is revealed that the most affluent electoral area in the country is 'Mansion House B' a section of Dublin city centre that includes Grafton Street, part of Stephen's Green and Leinster House.

It has a male unemployment rate of just 5.6pc and a female unemployment rate of just 3.05pc.

And 81pc of the population of 1,311 has a third level education.

Meanwhile, just a few miles away on Dublin's northside, 'Priorswood B', in Darndale, is ranked as 'very disadvantaged'.

Men there have an unemployment rate of 37.8pc while women have an unemployment rate of 32.8pc.

Under seven per cent of the population of 2,728 have third level education.

However, an area of Limerick called 'John's A' on the city's northside, is the most disadvantaged in the country.

Unemployment for men stands at 69pc while for women it is 40pc.

Third level education levels for the population of 759 stands at just over two per cent.

Most of the major urban cities and towns have pockets of areas ranked as being above average in terms of advantage while the west, and especially the north west, have the highest frequency of areas that are described as disadvantaged.

Speaking at the launch Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, said:

 “The publication of the new updated Pobal HP Deprivation Index takes account of the significant changes experienced throughout the country since 2011. The Taoiseach established the Department of Rural and Community Development in response to the impact of the recession on rural Ireland and to ensure the recovery reaches every part of Ireland. The index provides further proof of the need for the investments my Department is providing to our rural communities and to our towns and villages.

“The index has enabled us to more effectively target resources and services at the most disadvantaged and is a vital tool for so many Government Departments, including my own, as well as many State Agencies. For example, my Department’s RAPID Programme ,which I launched last week, relies on the Pobal HP Deprivation Index to identify the socio-economically deprived communities which the Programme aims to support.”

Seamus Boland Pobal Chairperson said, “The index is a key resource to enable a targeted approach towards tackling disadvantage, by providing local analysis of the most disadvantaged areas throughout the state. It also allows us to look at national trends in relation to real levels of affluence and disadvantage experienced and how this changes over time and geographically. I want to commend Trutz Haase and Jonathan Pratschke for their extensive work on the Index, which will serve as an extremely valuable evidence based planning resource for Government over the coming years in the targeting and allocation of resources and services”.

The interactive map can be viewed here.

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