Census 2011: New All-Island Atlas now online here

The All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) is a research unit and spatial data portal focused on improving evidence informed planning in Ireland.

AIRO collects, analyses and provides evidence and tools to support better planning and decision making. The key strengths behind the AIRO team are mapping, data analytics and visualisation, policy advice, research and training.

AIRO actively works to maximise the usage and benefit of publicly funded and readily available datasets in Ireland as well as highlighting the benefits of proper collection, management and dissemination of datasets across different organisations.


AIRO seeks to produce all-island, spatial datasets and specialist tools to aid their analysis and to undertake academic and applied mapping research. AIRO aims to act as a single point of access to a wide variety of spatial data and information about the various regions of Ireland. The intended audience of this site are planners, policy makers, researchers and those interested in gaining an understanding of the dynamics that are shaping the island of Ireland today.

Feature Viz - New Car Registrations EU27,1991-2012

Featured Projects

Delineating Functional Territories

Delineating Functional Territories Research Project

Spatial policy in Ireland, as set out in the National Spatial Strategy (NSS), places a strong emphasis on the exploitation of complementarity, both among urban centres and between urban and rural areas, in order to achieve the ‘critical mass’ which the NSS sees as a vital prerequisite for sustainable and balanced development.

Ireland After Nama

http://irelandafternama.wordpress.com/Much of the research AIRO and NIRSA members are undertaking is disseminated and discussed on the IrelandafterNama blog. Log on to view lots of interesting posts, maps and data visualisations. Site Stats November 2010......Posts: 234, Comments: 1,065 Views: 130,076

Ireland after NAMA was established after a one day symposium held in NUI Maynooth, on November 23rd, 2009, entitled ‘Geography after NAMA’.

ESPON Ireland and Projects


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.

The Atlas of the Island of Ireland

The Atlas of the Island of Ireland - Mapping Social and Economic Change

Mapping Social Inclusion

The overall aim of our research is to highlight the potential of mapping social inclusion data at a local level to improve decision making, planning and monitoring. To date government departments have yet to develop proper and integrated data management systems and as a result planners and researchers are unable to benefit from the detail that is held within administrative datasets.

Latest News

CSO Release Census 2011 Ireland and Northern Ireland Report
Presentations from Demography and Economy Workshop at ICLRD conference '14

Slides from the AIRO workshops on Demography and Economy at the ICLRD/CCBS Annual Conference can now be downloaded on Slideshare:


The data behind Ireland's two-tier housing market

Following the release of the CSO’s November Residential Property Price Index there has been much discussion in the media and from commentators...

SERA Launch AIRO Gateways and Hubs Development Index Data Dashboards

The Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly have launched on their website a new data dashboard developed by AIRO containing all of the scores and...

All-Island digital Atlas provides new data and new insights for cross-border planning

Today marks an important milestone in the development of a new suite of all-island demographic tools and datasets to support evidence-informed...


AIRO ‘Data for Decisions’ - Intro to GIS Workshop 1st of July 2014


AIRO ‘Data for Decisions’ - Intro to GIS Workshop Feb 11th, March 11th, April 15th and May 6th


Programmable City Seminar: Open Data and Evidence Informed Decision Making

The Programmable City Project, led by Prof. Rob Kitchin, would like to invite you to its 1st Seminar on Wed. Nov. 13., 16:00-18:00. Speakers will...

GIS Ireland 2013

 For the 4th year running the conference is...

Planning Reform on the Island of Ireland: From Policy to PRACTICE

With the impending transfer of statutory planning functions from central government to new councils in Northern Ireland in 2015 under the Review...