Donegal has been revealed as having almost three times the level of building activity than Dublin.
The new research also shows that planning activity is at a far higher level outside of the capital.
According to The Irish Independent, the slump in construction continues with latest figures showing a dramatic 19pc drop in planning applications for the first half of 2012.
The National Housing Construction Index statistics for January to June reveal there were 10,287 planning applications for individual residential projects.
The Northern Ireland region has twice the level of planning activity per head of population as Dublin, as does Munster and Connacht.
Monaghan, Roscommon and Tipperary displayed the highest levels of decrease with between 39pc and 29pc fall-off rates.
However, counties Westmeath, Cork and Cavan demonstrated an increase with as much as a 15pc spike on last year.
Kildare, Kerry, Clare and Mayo have shown the most dramatic decreases in applications with between 41pc and 31pc drop-off rates.
Munster, Connacht and Northern Ireland have in the region of twice the activity per head of population than Dublin.