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37.9%
Proportion of households in Offaly who heat their homes using turf
Table 4.1 Private households by type of central heating by county, 20161
     % of rownumber
Region and countyOilNatural gasElectricityPeat (incl. turf)OtherTotal
Border66.43.34.28.018.1143,888
Cavan69.87.54.33.415.226,806
Donegal64.21.12.511.420.958,305
Leitrim64.71.66.18.918.612,404
Monaghan76.36.03.90.613.321,612
Sligo60.52.77.210.918.624,761
Midland46.212.46.023.611.7102,958
Laois42.425.03.616.112.928,997
Longford55.31.98.520.813.515,092
Offaly41.07.65.137.98.427,184
Westmeath49.910.17.719.612.731,685
West56.85.47.818.611.4164,263
Galway City50.315.320.71.412.328,827
Galway County58.14.05.423.09.562,729
Mayo60.02.05.319.113.548,745
Roscommon54.63.83.926.611.123,962
Dublin11.068.214.20.16.5479,159
Dublin City5.863.422.10.18.7211,591
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown12.174.29.20.14.478,568
Fingal17.469.87.10.15.596,607
South Dublin15.272.58.00.14.292,393
Mid-East44.837.05.43.19.7231,577
Kildare41.238.66.26.87.273,348
Louth46.140.43.60.19.745,363
Meath48.734.15.12.59.663,861
Wicklow43.935.26.41.013.549,005
Mid-West53.918.86.34.816.2173,441
Clare59.112.15.37.216.343,348
Limerick45.728.68.22.115.471,022
Tipperary60.011.94.76.417.159,071
South-East56.217.06.00.520.3152,669
Carlow54.323.64.90.916.220,465
Kilkenny55.222.14.20.917.534,743
Waterford44.529.77.80.217.843,455
Wexford66.81.06.10.425.654,006
South-West45.528.78.22.814.8249,710
Cork City12.164.613.90.19.449,370
Cork County50.626.56.30.616.0146,052
Kerry62.42.08.111.316.254,288
Total40.433.58.65.312.11,697,665
Source: CSO Census of Population
1 Private households in permanent housing units.
  • About four out of ten households had oil central heating in Ireland in 2016 while just over three out of ten used natural gas.
  • The Border region had the highest proportion of households using oil at 66.4%, while Dublin had the lowest at 11%.
  • The county with the highest usage of oil was Monaghan at 76.3% while Dublin City had the lowest at 5.8%.
  • Natural gas was used by 68.2% of households in Dublin while the rate was less than 6% in both the Border and West region.
  • Nearly three-quarters (74.2%) of households in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown used natural gas for heating compared to just 1% in Wexford.
  • Peat (including turf) was used by only 5.3% of households nationally for heating, however it was used by 23.6% of households in the Midlands. In Offaly, 37.9% of central heating systems in households used peat.
Table 4.2 Compliant drinking water schemes by county1, 2017
  %
CountyPublic schemesPrivate schemes
Border99.098.0
Cavan98.998.3
Donegal98.694.0
Leitrim99.798.5
Monaghan99.699.9
Sligo99.498.1
Midland99.798.1
Laois99.897.1
Longford99.597.5
Offaly99.499.1
Westmeath99.9100.0
West99.798.0
Galway City100.0n/a
Galway County99.998.4
Mayo99.898.6
Roscommon98.992.3
Dublin 99.9100.0
Dublin City99.9n/a
Fingal100.0100.0
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown99.8100.0
South Dublin 99.9n/a
Mid-East99.596.9
Kildare99.698.3
Louth99.5100.0
Meath99.298.5
Wicklow99.595.3
Mid-West99.798.9
Clare99.698.5
Limerick99.899.6
Tipperary99.798.5
South-East98.295.5
Carlow99.696.5
Kilkenny99.697.2
Waterford96.995.1
Wexford98.093.7
South-West98.995.9
Cork City99.299.2
Cork County99.195.4
 Kerry98.696.0
Total99.397.3
Source: EPA
1 Drinking water schemes in compliance with statutory requirements, n/a means not applicable.
  • In 2017 99.3% of public schemes were compliant with statutory requirements compared with 97.3% of private schemes. 
  • The compliance rate for public schemes was 99.9% in Dublin.
  • At county level, there was a compliance rate of 100% in Fingal and Galway City and 99.9% in Westmeath, Galway County, Dublin City and South Dublin for public schemes.
  • The lowest rates of compliance for public schemes were in Waterford (96.9%) and Wexford (98%).
  • Dublin had the highest rate of compliance for private water schemes at 100% while the South-East had the lowest at 95.5%.
  • Westmeath, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown had compliance rates of 100% for private water schemes while the lowest rates were in Roscommon (92.3%) and Wexford (93.7%).
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Number of Blue Flag beaches in Kerry
Table 4.3 Blue Flag beaches by county, 2012 and 2018
   
Region and county20122018
Border1514
Donegal1313
Sligo21
Midland11
Westmeath11
West2929
Galway88
Mayo1312
Clare89
Dublin52
Mid-East67
Louth33
Wicklow34
Mid-West00
South-East914
Waterford35
Wexford69
South-West2223
Cork99
Kerry1314
Total8790
Source: An Taisce
  • Ireland was awarded 90 Blue Flags for beaches and marinas in 2018, an increase of 3 since 2012.
  • Kerry, Donegal and Mayo accounted for close to half (43%) of all the Blue Flags awarded in 2018.
  • There were 14 Blue Flags in Kerry, 13 in Donegal and 12 in Mayo.
  • The number of Blue Flags dropped in Dublin from five to two between 2012 and 2018 while the number in Wexford rose from six to nine.
20122018
Donegal1313
Sligo21
Westmeath11
Galway88
Mayo1312
Clare89
Dublin52
Louth33
Wicklow34
Waterford35
Wexford69
Cork99
Kerry1314
Table 4.4 Installation of energy saving products by private households in last 10 years, 2014
      %
RegionInsulationEfficient glazing (e.g., double, triple)Replaced an open fire with a stoveDraught proofingHigh efficiency boiler (e.g., boiler upgrade)Heating controlsThermal solar panels (heat water)
Border462318161294
Midland4925251310112
West5533352215195
Dublin433592031232
Mid-East3922192315144
Mid-West5424282015164
South-East4725301614155
South-West5332252219174
Total4829211919163
Source: CSO QNHS Environment module
1 Restricted to owner occupied households only
  • Nearly half (48%) of owner-occupied households installed insulation in the ten years up to 2014. The highest rates of about 55% for the installation of insulation were in the West and Mid-West with the lowest In the Mid-East at 39%.
  • Efficient glazing was installed by 29% of households in the ten years up to 2014, with a rate of 35% in Dublin compared to 22% in the Mid-East.
  • About a fifth of households replaced an open fire with a stove, with the rate varying from 35% in the West to just 9% in Dublin.
  • Around one in five households installed draught proofing in the ten years before 2014, with the highest rate in the Mid-East (23%) and the lowest rate of 13% in the Midlands.
  • About a fifth of households installed a high efficiency boiler and there was wide regional variation on this energy saving product.  Dublin households were the most likely to have installed a high efficiency boiler with a rate of 31% compared to only 10% of Midland households.

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