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As part of the Census 2006 processing programme the place of work details of all employed persons who undertook a journey to work were geo-coded. A detailed file containing the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of these workers along with information on the origin and destination of their journeys to work has been made available for analysis.

The POWCAR is only available under strict conditions to bone fide researchers who are approved by CSO. The application process is as follows:

  • Prospective users will have to apply in writing detailing their proposed research. The application form can be downloaded from the link below.

  • Once an application is approved by CSO, the Research Authority is provided with a contract covering the use of the data. The contract must be signed by the CEO of the Research Authority and Director General of CSO. A template for the contract can be viewed at Appendix 4 to the USER Guide.

  • All persons who are permitted to access the data must be signed up as Officers of Statistics for the duration of the research.

  • CSO will provide the Research Authority with POWCAR data for the duration of the research.
  • If the duration of a proposed research project is for longer than one year, a contract may be signed for a maximum of one year after which it will be necessary for the Research Authority to re-apply.

All material published from the POWCAR must be approved in advance by CSO.

For further details on the file content and applying for access to the data see the PDF document below:

For further information on the POWCAR contact:

  • Central Statistics Office, Swords Business Campus, Balheary Road, Swords, Co. Dublin.

Census Enquiries: (01) 8951460 / 1464
Fax: (01) 8951399