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Fancy Dublin housing maps show info from family size to central heating

How many people use gas heating in Clontarf? How many toddler householdS are there in Dundrum?

AIRO owner occupier Owner occupier housing in Dublin. Source: AIRO

A COLLECTION OF 700 interactive maps have been designed that give a range of information on Dublin homes from family size to rentals to central heating

The maps were put together by Maynooth University (MU)  in partnership with Dublin City Council and are based on information from of the censuses in 2011, 2006 and 2002.

The information is laid out graphically and by area so that you can, for example, see that there are 800 homes in the Castleknock-Knockmaroon area that have oil central heating or that there are 120 homes in Clontarf East that have a child aged between 0-4.

The maps also show how many housing units in separate areas are in receipt of rental supplements, something which Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh said is useful for successful planning:

The mapping of housing data is extremely useful to support the future planning and distribution of housing in Dublin and to support the decision making of central government and the local authorities to meet the scale of housing need that is required in the region.

The details on rental supplements are not from census data but from rent supplement recipients from the Department of Social Protection.

The maps are the work of the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) at MU which produces maps on a range of different topics.

Other data that you can see include the type of housing in particular areas, vacant housing, the decades in which properties was built and even the number of renters versus owner occupiers.

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“Housing is complex,” says Dublin City Council’s Dr Dáithí Downey. “The cause and effect of decision-making by individuals and by the state on all aspects of housing is not something that is easily understood by us all. This is why Dublin City Council undertook to develop this monitoring tool using public data.”

airo 3 The information broken down by locality. Source: AIRO

The DCC Housing Monitoring Tool is available here 

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