Quality of Life and the Environment in Ireland

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The study examines objective indicators associated with quality of life in Ireland. As noted above, these include indicators of environmental quality, income, house prices, health, education and crime. The analysis then moves on to compare these objective indicators with subjective indicators as revealed through the use of a public survey and further qualitative analysis based on focus-group
discussions. The intention, therefore, was to compare the objective measures with peoples perception of these indicators and their own subjective assessment of personal well-being. This comparison is not performed as often as it should be in discussions of quality of life. A factor analysis of subjective indices of quality of life based on public survey data and incorporating measures of income/employment, family status, domestic environment, subjective well-being and planning/infrastructure.

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Dr. Craig Bullock
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy

Mr. Finbarr Brereton
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy

Prof. Peter Clinch
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy

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Offline Print Quality Version    ERTDI_74_Bullock_QualityLife_prn.pdf  (15.5 Mb)
Project Report Optimised For Online Viewing    ERTDI_74_Bullock_QualityLife_web.pdf  (3.11 Mb)
Att 3    2004-SD-DS-16-M1-SurveyForm.pdf   (0.1 Mb)

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Author(s)Bullock, C. Brereton, F. Clinch, P.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationQuality of Life and the Environment in Ireland
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=d2946da7-488c-102b-950d-28616e04c7da
Unique Identifierd2946da7-488c-102b-950d-28616e04c7da
Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-06-21

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SAFER-Data Display URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=60
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2004-SD-DS-16-M1
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironment and Health
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceSource of data should be fully referenced to authors of the report and EPA.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 3
Project Start Date Wednesday 1st March 2006 (01-03-2006)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 1st March 2006 (01-03-2006)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 1st October 2006 (01-10-2006)
Published on SAFERFriday 21st March 2008 (21-03-2008)
Date of Last EditWednesday 11th June 2008 at 11:38:05 (11-06-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Tuesday 10th June 2008 at 15:35:16 (10-06-2008)

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Data based on postal returns from Counties Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, South Dublin, Fingal, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Leitrim and Roscommon. The first two focus groups were held in Carrick-on-Shannon in Co. Leitrim and in Navan. To compensate for the fact that the survey had drawn its rural sample from Co. Leitrim, an additional focus group was also organised in New Ross in the South-East Region, an area that has experienced some loss of industry and population in recent years.

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Survey was undertaken to support the purely qualitative analysis that had originally been proposed.
Supplementary Information
Subjective indices of quality of life based on postal survey data. Dataset is small, i.e. 160 responses out of 500 questionnaires despatched by post. Data collected in Dublin, Dublin commuter belt (Kildare, Meath, Wicklow) and Leitrim/Roscommon. Factor analysis based on 42 indices + socio-demographic and housing data. No special equipment of features.

This project had two principal objectives:
1 To explore the proposition that income alone is an inadequate measure of regional disparities and that regional policy intervention should focus instead on the region?s potential to realise a comparable quality of life. 2 To use both subjective and objective measures to investigate geographical disparities in quality of life,
including the contribution of environmental quality.

The Postal Survey is attached as a PDF file.
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