INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Ireland - 2022: Country Fiche

Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • State of Play
    • Coordination
    • Functioning and coordination of the infrastructure
    • Usage of the infrastructure for spatial information
    • Data Sharing Arrangements
    • Costs and Benefits
  • Key Facts and Figures. 
    • Monitoring Indicators

The INSPIRE Directive sets the minimum conditions for interoperable sharing and exchange of spatial data across Europe as part of a larger European Interoperability Framework and the e-Government Action Plan that contributes to the Digital Single Market Agenda. Article 21 of INSPIRE Directive defines the basic principles for monitoring and reporting. More detailed implementing rules regarding INSPIRE monitoring and reporting have been adopted as Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1372 on the 19th August 2019.

This country fiche highlights the progress in the various areas of INSPIRE implementation. It includes information on monitoring 2021 acquired in December 2021 and Member States update.

State Of Play

This report sets out a high-level view on the governance, use and impact of the INSPIRE Directive in Ireland.  More detailed information is available on the INSPIRE knowledge base.


National Contact Point
Name of Public Authority: 
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Contact Email: 
MIG Contacts: 
Contact Person: 
Eamonn Foley
Contact Person: 
Emma Reeves
MIG T Contacts: 
Contact Person: 
Eamonn Foley
Coordination Structure & Progress: 

National Contact point


Name of the public authority

Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Contact information:

Mailing address


National Contact Point

Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Newtown Road



Telephone number

+353 53 9117417

Email address

Organisation’s website URL

Contact person (if available)

Emma Reeves

Telephone number

+353 53 9117417

Email address 

Contact person - substitute (if available)

Sheila Power

Telephone number

+353 53 9117567

Email address  



Coordination Structure


    • The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH) is leading the development of an Action Plan for the implementation of INSPIRE in Ireland.


    • An INSPIRE Steering Committee was put place to begin a co-ordinated engagement with key stakeholders and data owners. Membership of this group is provided at Table A.


    • That initial approach of regular Steering Committee meetings has evolved, the DHLGH has organised both national and individual workshops with all data owners members of the committee.  The purpose of the workshops is to create a forum in which the people accountable for INSPIRE datasets can have an open discussion on their responsibilities.  The workshops dealt with the execution of tasks needed for compliance and implementation of the Directive during 2021 and to identify any support needed.   The support assignments are reviewed monthly by the DHLGH.  Activity in 2022 focussed on further development of responsibilities at owner/user-story level.



    • The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has been assigned responsibility by the Irish Government to lead the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive in Ireland. Legislation formalising this position was signed into law by regulation in 2015, and in July 2018 a confirmatory Statutory Instrument S.I. No. 280 of 2018 was signed.


    • Irish representatives are taking an active part in working groups at European level.


    • In early 2018 the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage commissioned a Report to better understand the current position on INSPIRE in Ireland. 


    • The recommendations from this Report (dated June 2018) have been accepted and are influencing the direction and pace of work on a roadmap to full implementation of the INSPIRE Directive in Ireland. 


    • A dedicated team including policy and technical expertise has been established to lead this project.


    • In early 2019 the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage allocated additional resources to assist its INSPIRE officials and stakeholders on a range of tasks including but not limited to the creation of work packages around monitoring and reporting, data specifications, metadata, network services, spatial data services and validation. 


    • Following tendering process the contract for this work was awarded, providing Ireland with an INSPIRE skillset for support and advice to escalate compliance. This enabled the creation of a data providers communication plan (RACI) identifying Responsible, Accountable, Informed, the provision of Data Providers Workshops for metadata and dashboard maintenance  and the creation of an agreed Action Plan.


    • DHLGH will continue with another contract to enable it to meet its obligations under the INSPIRE directive. New objectives involve working on the coverage of as many INSPIRE themes as possible and scheduling maintenance activities.






    Emma Reeves


    Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Newtown Road, Wexford Y35 W821.


    Sheila Power

    Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Newtown Road, Wexford Y35 W821.


    Rob Ovington (GIS)

    Deirdre Kelly (GIS)


    Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government,Custom House, Dublin 1 D01 W6X0.


    Lorraine McNerney

    Maria Byrne

    Ordnance Survey Ireland,
    Phoenix Park,
    Dublin 8 D08 F6E4.


    Eileen Carroll

    Environmental Protection Agency, Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford, Y35 W821

    Adam Leadbetter


    The Marine Institute

    Rinville, Oranmore, Co Galway H91 R673.


    James Barry

    The Property Registration Authority,

    Chancery Street, Dublin 7 D07 T652.


    Trevor Alcorn

    Geological Survey Ireland, Beggar’s Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4 D04 K7X4.

    Kathleen Hanney

    Central Statistics Office, Skehard Road, Cork, T12X00E

    Gareth John

    Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin D02 TD30.


    Functioning and coordination of the infrastructure

    • Ordnance Survey Ireland provides the INSPIRE Geoportal and supporting functions through a managed service as agreed with Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The INSPIRE Geoportal of Ireland is the official access point to the INSPIRE compliant information of Ireland (metadata of datasets and services).


    • The Geoportal application software and supporting technical infrastructure is continually being updated as required to continue to meet INSPIRE requirements and in line with ICT best practice The rebuilding project is a long term project that involves a full review of a system that had included data that was not relevant to INSPIRE and building, in the first instance, on relevant metadata.


    • The Geoportal is an integral part of Ireland’s commitment to meeting its INSPIRE obligations.



    • During 2020 metadata was migrated to MD TG 2.0 as required by the INSPIRE Directive and during 2021 metadata files were updated when required (maintenance task). 


    • During 2021 main tasks accomplished were related to services as last Monitoring and Reporting reflects: service publication and creation / update of their related.


    • Web services have been published with OSi´s own resources / tools and on the Amazon Web Service environment to comply with the INSPIRE directive regarding viewing and downloading services.


    Usage of the infrastructure for spatial information


    • The challenge of building more open, transparent and accountable public governance in Ireland is a key objective in the Irish Public Service; and progress is being achieved through a range of reform initiatives.


    • In January 2019 the Government published its first Data Strategy for the public service which sets out goals and actions to deliver more joined-up whole–of-Government approach to how data is used and managed within the public service. The INSPIRE Directive is referenced in section 5.12 under the heading of Geo-Spatial. This strategy is available to download at


    • The Open Data Initiative is closely aligned with the Public Service Reform Plan, the ICT Strategy, and the Civil Service Renewal Plan.  Open data is recognized by the Irish Government as having a powerful role to play in the Public Service. Datasets published on the Open Data portal are available at Open Data is an important element of a wide variety of key policy documents and action plans. Ireland’s Open Data portal provides transparency through the publication of Irish Public Sector data in open, free and reusable formats.

    Data sharing arrangements

    • The INSPIRE Data Sharing arrangements organise the publication of the declared Irish INSPIRE datasets through the Irish INSPIRE Geoportal to connect into the EU INSPIRE portal and wider INSPIRE network of re-use.
    • The National Mapping Agreement is an agreement between the Irish Government and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) which gives Government Departments, Public Sector Bodies and Educational Institutions, including new and existing users, access to Ordnance Survey Ireland’s geospatial data.
    • As part of the Open Data initiative, the open licence format adopted by the Irish Government is the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) licence, which allows for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials. This policy is in line with the Commission’s guidelines on recommended licences and datasets in relation to the Public Sector Information Directive.
    • In March 2019 the Data Sharing and Governance Act 2019 was signed into law.  The Act comes in the wake of the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 in order to clarify and strengthen the data sharing rights and obligations of public bodies. The Act paves the way for more efficient and cost effective service delivery by public bodies by providing a clear legal basis for the sharing of personal data in certain circumstances. The aim is to reduce the administrative burden associated with the need for individuals to provide their personal data to numerous public bodies.

    Costs and benefits

    • While the total costs associated with implementing the Directive are not systematically being measured across all stakeholders, Ireland’s has focused strongly on coordination among the owners of national datasets, working towards compliance with the Directive through the organisation and delivery of workshops and guidance as required.  The impact of this has been a reduction in costs for stakeholders and stronger momentum towards compliance.
    • The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage continues to make available a budget of €250,000 year on year since 2019 for INSPIRE Expertise.  Data owners benefit greatly from this expertise in terms of training, education, guidance and empowerment for implementation.
    Key facts and figures