The EU’s Open Data and the Re-use of Public Sector Information Directive introduces an obligation for public bodies to make all data falling within the scope of the Directive “open by design and default”. Open Data is generally understood to denote data in open format that can be freely used, re-used and shared by anyone for any purpose. Not all data is released in open format, some datasets may be closed data, or shared data, but quite a lot of the data we manage would be viewed as suitable for Open Data.

The concept of Open Data is about making data held by public bodies available and easily accessible online for reuse and redistribution. As public bodies have progressed in areas like eGovernment and data analytics, the potential of data and, in particular, Open Data to help deliver economic, social and democratic benefits has become clearer. Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage's Open Data Portal presents a wide range of data collected by the Department under its operational programmes. It provides users with a platform on which to visualise, explore, download or link to its Open Data.


Under the CC-BY Licence, users must acknowledge the source of the Information in their product or application. Where the Information Provider does not provide a specific attribution statement users should include, or link to, this attribution statement: “Contains Irish Public Sector Data licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence”.

If you have any questions or comments about this Open Data Portal, please contact