I need to download a shapefile with the boundaries (polygon) of the administrative units (localities level) for Ireland. I have searched diva-gis and osm, but they do not have data to that level.

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    Have you tried GADM? The preview looks more like county-level borders but I can't be sure.
    – csk
    Dec 20, 2019 at 19:44
  • You may want to check this site: wambachers-osm.website/boundaries - "OSM Admin Boundaries Map" (note the tiny triangles left to the country/admin unit names in order to open sub-lists)
    – markusN
    Dec 30, 2019 at 22:35

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Townlands.ie has a decent downloads page with different admin levels:


There is also the 2016 Census data which has a lot of resources:


Within the Census data is the Small Areas dataset (smallest admin level in Ireland):



Depending on what NUTS level you want, this might work: https://data.gov.ie/dataset/census-2011-boundary-files

Alternatively, you could check the European INSPIRE-Initiative for Administrative Units (Annex I).

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