This dataset of new electricity connections which are recorded every month by ESB Networks measures the number of homes connected to the electricity grid and thus becoming available for use. It does not reflect work in progress. This dataset includes one-off homes, multi-unit scheme developments and apartments as well as some re-connections to the grid, where properties that have been unoccupied for over two years are being brought back into use. This dataset may also include units at some unfinished housing developments which have been reactivated in line with the recovery in the housing market.
Information in respect of progress on finishing out unfinished housing developments is available on the Housing Agency website at
The Department has been seeking an improved breakdown in relation to the different elements within the overall data and initiated a process of collaboration with ESB Networks and the Central Statistics Office to obtain additional, more granular data from their datasets some time ago. Arising from this development, the Department has agreed that ESB Networks no longer needs to supply the monthly connections dataset to the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government as the dataset being supplied to the CSO is more detailed. The CSO published a new measure of New Dwelling Completions on June 14th. This release is available in full on the CSO website.
A breakdown by house type is available. Further details are available in the notes section of each datasheet.
A breakdown by sector (private and social housing) only becomes available once social housing data becomes available. Hence the data is only available on a quarterly basis.