INSPIRE Directive (Directive 2007/2/EC)

The INSPIRE Directive (Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community Directive) came into force on 15 May 2007.  It is to be implemented in various stages.  The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has been assigned responsibility by the Irish Government to lead the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive in Ireland.  Information on the Inspire Directive is available at

The Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) Directive aims to create European Union (EU) spatial data infrastructure for EU environmental policies and policies or activities that may have an impact on the environment. The Directive places requirements on public bodies that produce, receive, manage or update spatial datasets that cover all of the land and marine areas over which the State has to create such EU-related spatial data infrastructure. This European spatial data infrastructure will:

  • Enable public sector organisations to share environmental spatial information
  • Facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe
  • Assist in policy-making across boundaries

INSPIRE is based on the infrastructures for spatial information established and operated by EU member states. The Directive has 34 spatial data themes under which datasets are categorised.  Information for implementers, including a roadmap to full implementation of the Directive is available here

Ordnance Survey Ireland provides the INSPIRE Geoportal and supporting functions through a managed service as agreed with Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The INSPIRE Geoportal of Ireland is the official access point to the INSPIRE compliant information of Ireland (metadata of datasets and services).


Article 10
1. Member States shall ensure that any information, including data, codes and technical classifications, needed for compliance with the implementing rules provided for in Article 7(1) is made available to public authorities or third parties in accordance with conditions that do not restrict its use for that purpose.

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