The new mapping tool allows users to pinpoint the drive time of a specific area in Ireland from services such as hospitals, schools, fire stations.
The mapping tool has been developed by NUI Maynooth’s National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis.
The free tool allows analysis of specific areas across Ireland in terms of accessibility to hospitals, fire stations, GP surgeries, Garda stations, schools.
The tool shows that if you live in Dublin, you’re on average eight minutes drive from a 24-hour emergency hospital. However if you live in parts of Kerry, north Mayo or south west Donegal, the travel time to the nearest 24-hour centre could be more than one hour.
Prof Rob Kitchin, director of NIRSA at NUI Maynooth, said mapping tools such as this were critical to policy makers, local authorities, businesses and communities in planning, funding and introducing schemes and initiatives.
NUI Maynooth president Prof Philip Nolan said this was a world-class mapping system.