South-East Region, Ireland

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The South-East region of Ireland with each constituent county/city council highlighted.

The South-East Region is a NUTS Level III region of Ireland and is governed by the South-East Regional Authority. It consists of the area under the jurisdiction of the county councils of counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Wexford, and Waterford along with Waterford City 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.[1] Its NUTS code is IE024.

South-East Regional Authority[edit]

The South-East region is administered by the South-East Regional Authority, which consists of 36 elected representatives including the region's representative on the EU Committee of the Regions. These representatives meet once a month and are nominated from the six local government councils of the region:[1]

Like each Regional Authority, the South-East Regional Authority is assisted in its duties by an Operational Committee and EU Operational Committee.[1]


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.[1]

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.[1] This is also supplemented by a strong rural settlement initiative.[1]


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.[1] The workforce of the region in 2006 was 219,759, which equated to a 95.22% employment rate in 2007.[1]

The economy of the South-East region is primarily based on several key sectors, ranging from agriculture, to manufacturing, to services and tourism.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1]

Major settlements[edit]

A list of the ten largest settlements in the South-East region. County capitals are included and are shown in bold.

Urban Centres
RankUrban CentresCountyPopulation
(2006 census)
5ClonmelSouth Tipperary17,008
9New RossWexford7,709

See also[edit]