27 November 2019
Go to release: Measuring Distance to Everyday Services in Ireland
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) today (27 November 2019) published a new report called ‘Measuring Distance to Everyday Services in Ireland’, which combines data from CSO, Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and a range of service providers to show how close or how far away people live from common everyday facilities such as schools, hospitals, fire stations, public transport stops etc.
Commenting on the report, Dermot Corcoran, Statistician, said: “The results show that people in the counties of Galway, Donegal, Mayo, Leitrim and Roscommon had higher average distances to most everyday services when compared against other counties.
A bus stop was the closest public transport option for 4.4 million people, or 93% of the population.
Over 400,000 people were living within 2km of a Luas station, of which 74,000 people were within 2km of a Luas station on the Luas Cross City Line which was opened in 2017.
Around 1 million people throughout the State lived less than 500 metres from a pharmacy, representing one-fifth of the population.
Almost 28% of people in Ireland lived within 5km of an adult emergency department, while 5% of the population lived 50km or more away. However, 34% of people in Roscommon were more than 50km from an emergency department, followed by Donegal (26%), Clare (25%) and Monaghan (22%).
There were 1.4 million in Ireland, (30% of the population), living 10km or more from a Garda station operating on a 24-hour basis. Galway County had the highest proportion of persons over 10km from a 24-hour garda station at 70%, followed by Leitrim (64%), Donegal (61%) and Offaly (59%).
Six out of ten people in Ireland lived within 2km of a post office, with wide differences across the country, from 29% in Roscommon to 97% in Dublin City. Just 70,000 people lived 10km or more from a post office.
There were 783,750 people, (16.5% of the population), who lived 10km or more from a local authority fire station. The counties with the highest proportion of people living 10km or more from a fire station were Galway County (56%), Wexford (38%), Westmeath (35%) and Clare (33%).”
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