Measuring Ireland's Progress


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Indicators designed to measure Ireland's progress in a number of areas are classified according to domains and subdomains. The indicators provide an analysis of the economic, social and environment situation in Ireland. They are presented as national time series and also in an international context to permit benchmarking over time and across countries. Data are given for the other 26 EU Member States and for six additional countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, Turkey and Macedonia) whenever data were available for them. Economy: Gross domestic product; Gross national income; Government debt; Public balance; Central and local government current expenditure; Gross fixed capital formation; International transactions; International trade; Exchange rates; Harmonised index of consumer prices. Innovation and technology: Science and technology graduates; Research and development expenditure; Patent applications; Household Internet access. Employment and unemployment: Employment rate; Labour productivity; Unemployment rate; Jobless households; Older workers. Social cohesion: Social protection expenditure; At risk of poverty rate; Consistent poverty; Gender pay gap; Voter turnout; Official development assistance. Education: Education expenditure; Student numbers; Pupil-teacher ratio; Average class size; Third level education; Literacy; Early school leavers. Health: Health care expenditure; Life expectancy. Population: Population distribution; Household composition; Migration; Age of population; Age dependency ratio; Fertility; Lone parent families; Living alone; Divorce rates. Housing: Dwelling completions; Mortgages; Crime; Recorded incidents; Murders. Environment: Greenhouse gas emissions; Energy consumption; River water quality; Smoke concentration; Acid rain precursors; Waste management; Transport.


An appendix in the annual publication contains details of the many data sources used.


A widespread range of indicators intended to measure Ireland's progress.



Reference period

Predominately calendar year.

Start date



9 months after the end of the reference period


  • Thematic report
    This report contains statistics from a variety of sources with diverse classifications. This StatCentral portal documents, in separate entries, the particular statistics covered where available from the CSO or other official sources.


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