Profile of the Dublin region
The Dublin Region is situated to the east of Ireland and occupies an area of 92,200 hectares. The Region is located on the coast with mountain ranges to the south and rich pastures to the west and north. The Dublin Region comprises the administrative areas of Dublin City, South-Dublin County, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County and Fingal County. The population of the Region was 1.187 million in 2006(CSO, 2007) which represented approximately 30% of the State's population. With the exception of Dublin City, each of the county administrative areas has a mix of rural and urban ED's.
Dublin is a vibrant region and the powerhouse of the recent expansion in the Irish economy. Dublin is also an historic region, whose heritage is complemented by the major investments in renewal activities of recent years.
The Dublin Region consists of the nation's Capital and houses an International Airport and two main seaports. Dublin City has become a truly European City and one of the world leaders in software development.
21st Century Dublin Region
Since its establishment in 1994, the Dublin Regional Authority witnessed a dramatic change within the region, not only in terms of the economic and social issues and challenges, but also in terms of the growing importance of integrated and co-ordinated actions in dealing with these issues.
Since Ireland joined the European Union, less than thirty years ago, Dublin has become one of the fastest growing regions within Europe. This growth has had serious effects on all aspects of the economy, on all members in society and on the green and built environment. In fact the Dublin region today is unrecognisable to the Dublin region of only 15 short years ago. Studying the facts of this growth, one can see, not only how the change is affecting the lives of Dublin's citizens, but also what measures need to be taken to ensure that the growth of Dublin is sustained and equitable for all its citizens.