The South-West Region is a NUTS Level III region of Ireland and is governed by the South-West Regional Authority. It consists of the area under the jurisdiction of the county councils of counties Cork and Kerry, along with Cork City Council. The South-West region spans 12,161 km<sup>2</sup>, 20% of the total area of the state and according to the 2006 census has a population of 621,130. The regional capital is Cork City. Its NUTS code is IE025.
The South-West Regional Authority consists of 24 elected representatives, including the region's representative on the EU Committee of the Regions. These representatives meet once a month and are nominated from the three administrative councils of the region: