All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) launches Dublin’s most comprehensive housing mapping tool

The Dublin Housing Observatory Mapping Viewer offers new insights into the breakdown of housing in the capital and will inform new Dublin City Council housing policy

The All-Island Research Observatory, based at Maynooth University, in partnership with Dublin City Council and Ordnance Survey Ireland today launches the new Dublin Housing Observatory (DHO) Mapping Viewer. The DHO Mapping Viewer provides the most detailed information on Dublin’s housing market with a focus on the rental market, property sales and valuations, planning and zoning, along with key Census based socio-economic variables.

The DHO Mapping Viewer can be viewed by the public online and provides detailed information on every aspect of Dublin’s housing market, including; rental rates in different parts of the city, the number of registered tenancies versus owner-occupied homes in Dublin, and, rental and property prices.

Insights already taken from the DHO Mapping Viewer include:

  • 30% of housing in Dublin City is in private rental accommodation.
  • The average rent in Dublin city is €1,480 per calendar month (pcm).
  • The most expensive areas to rent in the metropolitan area are in Stillorgan (€2,054 pcm) and Dundrum Local Electoral Areas (LEA’s) (€1,941 pcm).
  • Housing in Dublin’s suburbs are primarily owner-occupied (68%).
  • The price of buying a house varies across Dublin, with the lowest sales prices reported in northern parts of the city and areas outside the M50 and the highest in the south city and areas close to the coast.

Data from the DHO Mapping Viewer will act as key baseline evidence for the newly formed Dublin Housing Observatory, which will in turn inform an essential review and revision of Dublin City Council’s current housing strategy.

The Dublin Housing Observatory, which launched today, has four primary objectives:

  • to enable and support Dublin City Council’s provision of high quality affordable homes and sustainable communities;
  • to be a knowledge exchange hub for policy design, analysis and implementation on housing and development;
  • to provide research and analysis to support evidence-informed decision making on housing policy; and
  • to be a data navigator and objective source of information on the dynamics of Dublin’s housing market.

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Speaking at the launch, Director of the All-Island Research Observatory at Maynooth University, Justin Gleeson, who is also commented:

“The work of the Dublin Housing Observatory seeks to be a resource for all stakeholders in Dublin housing, from the city council and elected representatives, to the general public.”

Good policy making needs to be driven by reliable and authoritative facts, and as Dublin faces increasing pressure on its housing supply, we will work closely with Dublin City Council to make sure the future of housing policy in the capital is informed by reliable data. The whole idea of the new mapping viewer is to collate all relevant housing datasets from multiple sources into one place to make them more accessible for visualisation, analysis and essentially help to inform better decision making.”

Commenting on their involvement in the project, CEO of Ordnance Survey Ireland, Colin Bray said:

“Ordnance Survey Ireland is delighted to be part of this initiative. The Mapping Viewer is powered by our GeoHive platform, which aims to provide easy access to quality spatial data. We created GeoHive, so that users can easily combine their data and insights with our maps. One of the opportunities that the Dublin Housing Observatory Mapping Viewer offers is the ability to make a level of data on housing in Dublin city available to the public that has never been seen before.

In the past platforms like this would have been built from the ground up, using up vital resources and time. Now, because of the work of Ordnance Survey Ireland, we have a one-stop-shop that lets users analyse and interpret map data to better understand relationships, patterns, and trends for a more complete understanding of place. Good data and accessible data is vital to creating good policy, that is why Dublin Housing Observatory Mapping Viewer is an absolutely essential tool to support housing policy design and implementation in the capital.”

Dr Dáithí Downey, Head of Housing Policy, Research and Development at Dublin City Council added:

“The data and analysis offered by the Dublin Housing Observatory is going to play a key role in the future development of Dublin City Council’s housing policy. We have never had access to this level of information before, and it will be a gamechanger as we seek to tackle the challenges of providing sustainable, affordable housing in a changing city.”

Maynooth University Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Professor Ray O’Neill, commented:

“The role of the modern university is to inform and educate wider society as much as its own students, and to play a role in the country’s long term sustainable development. The All-Ireland Research Observatory is just one of many Maynooth University initiatives that aims to do this by providing the hard data to inform robust policy-making.

Its work with the Dublin Housing Observatory is going to be hugely important in the future of Dublin’s housing, and will no doubt inform similar schemes and strategies in urban centres across Ireland.”

The DHO Mapping Viewer is a free tool available to the public and can be accessed here: Dublin Housing Observatory

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