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The South-East Region is a NUTS Level III region of Ireland. It consists of the area under the jurisdiction of the county councils of counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Wexford, and Waterford City & County Council. The South-East region spans 9,406 km2, 13.5% of the total area of the state and according to the 2006 census has a population of 460,838. The regional capital is Waterford city. Its NUTS code is IE024.
The South-East region was administered by the South-East Regional Authority, which consisted of 36 elected representatives including the region's representative on the EU Committee of the Regions. These representatives met once a month and are nominated from the five local government councils of the region:
The Regional Authorities were dissolved in 2014 and were replaced by Regional Assemblies.
According to the 2006 census, the region had a population of 460,838, which constitutes 11.0% of the national population. Its population density was 49 persons per km2. The population of the regional capital, Waterford, was 49,213.
The main urban centres within the region each exceed 17,000 in terms of population with an evenly distributed network of second and third-tier towns. This is also supplemented by a strong rural settlement initiative.
Regional GDP in 2004 was given as €11,695m, with GDP per capita forming 81.6% of the state. Its GDP per capita was 115.4% of EU25. The workforce of the region in 2006 was 219,759, which equated to a 95.22% employment rate in 2007.
The economy of the South-East region is primarily based on several key sectors, ranging from agriculture, to manufacturing, to services and tourism. A high proportion of the regions manufacturing sector is foreign-owned. It is also an attractive area for investment due to it Industry and Technology parks a highly educated labour force bolstered by three Third Level Education Institutes.
The economy is also strengthened by its good quality transport and economic infrastructure. Tourism in the region is aided by its rich natural, historic and archaeological sites, which attract over 2 million people annually.
A list of the ten largest settlements in the South-East region. County capitals are included and are shown in bold.