Department of Education and Skills

The Department of Education & Skills is a public sector government department with it's headquarters located in Dublin, along with additional offices in Tullamore & Athlone. It services the Irish school going population at all levels.

Read the case study for information on how:


The Challenge

  • A challenge for the department was planning for future demographic growth and decline in order topredict where school places are and will be needed.

The Solution

  • The department is now using GIS to help anticipate where 100,000 new school places will need to be created over the next seven years.




  • The development and introduction of the Geographic Information System (GIS) has greatly improved the capacity of the department to identify the location and quantity of new school accommodation so as to better inform decision making processes.


"Due to the success of the initial project with Esri Ireland, we have commissioned a Web GIS solution for the dissemination of GI data throughout the whole department."

Richard Dolan, Asst. Principal Officer

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