16% of the 18,716 movers of Dublin origin who moved outside of Dublin choose Kildare as their new residence in the previous year (Source: 2016 census). The second most popular destination was County Meath, at just under 14% of the 18,716 movers, then followed by Wicklow at 11.8%.
Cork represented an impressive 8.2% of these Dublin movers and Galway 5.6%. Whilst Meath, Kildare and Wicklow are commuting counties it can be assumed that most people moving to Cork and Dublin are primarily a mixture of people considering the availability of housing in the capital city and new career opportunities. In Cork, there is a huge multinational presence, providing thousands of jobs in Cork City and county. These companies include Pfizer, Glaxo Smith Kline and Johnson & Johnson, all huge pharmaceutical giants. Other huge employers include in Cork include EMC, Amazon, Apple, Mc Affee, VM Ware and the Siemens group, just to name a few.
In Galway, there a significant number of huge employers, especially in medical devices and technology. These include Cisco systems, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Allergan, Creganna Medical and Lake Region Medical, just to name a few.
Dubliners are on the move with 1.4% of the total population moving outside Dublin county in the year up to April 2016. The movers out of Dublin, due to the sheer size of the capital city are significant in number. House prices along with supply issues combined with the lack of supply in the rental sector will have had a significant impact on people deciding to move outside of Dublin to neighbouring counties.
Out of the total movers of Dublin Origin in 2016, 20% decided to leave Dublin. On the other end of the scale 44% of movers who hail from Leitrim moved to a different county whereas less than 17% of Cork movers decide to leave Cork.