Dublin city stretches across 115km², with the county itself covering 921km². While it’s not the biggest area, as Ireland’s capital city, it has a lot going on – which is why it’s split into four local authorities: Dublin City CouncilFingal County CouncilSouth Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Dublin local authorities boundary map

Dublin local authorities boundary map

Councils (Local Authorities)

Councils are populated by democratically elected public representatives, with local elections taking place every five years in the early summer. Each council is run by a chief executive and has control within its administrative area, including responsibility for a range of local services like roads, environmental protection and recreational facilities or amenities. In short, the council is responsible for an area’s social, economic, environmental, recreational, cultural, community or general development.

On a day-to-day basis, you probably won’t have many dealings with your local authority. However, there are some areas where you will need to get in touch: for example, seeking planning permission, paying for permits or fines (e.g. litter fines, parking permits), applying for funding or seeking information about social housing. You can find out about these and more functions of your council by visiting the pages linked above.


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City neighbourhoods

Dublin is a city bisected by the River Liffey. People tend to divide it into two key areas: the north side – traditionally home to a working class resident – and the south side, home to the middle and upper classes. That distinction is being quickly eroded, however, as a number of neighbourhoods in the north, such as Smithfield, Stoneybatter and Clontarf become gentrified. The core of the inner city is contained within two canals: the Royal to the north and the Grand to the south. Over 550,000 people live in these 115 square kilometres. Certain areas are still referred to by their old postal district numbers (like Dublin 8 and Dublin 4). The following areas are just a s

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Getting Around

There are plenty of options for getting from A to B in Dublin. This is a fairly compact city, which means walking and cycling are viable options for getting around; you can walk from many of the city’s outlying districts to its centre in 30 or 40 minutes. Bus Dublin Bus connects most parts of the city through a network of 200 routes that service 5,000 stops, with new services being added as the city grows. Go-Ahead Dublin, the newest bus company in Dublin, operates a fleet of

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People & Culture

Dublin-born icon, Oscar Wilde wrote, "It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious!" If there's one thing that's central to Dubliners, it's the dry wit you'll find here; the tongue-in-cheek, good-hearted humour that makes teasing just as much a sign of the welcome as it is part of the vernacular. The biggest draw to Dublin has to be its people. They’re the reason the city was recently voted in the top 10 friendliest cities in the world; why it has the greatest nightlife; why its art and culture is some of the most influential and vibrant to be found anywhere.

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