Census 2022: Ireland’s population passes the five-million mark for the first time since 1851
Here's what we learned ...
The first results from the 2022 census are out. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the preliminary results of the first population-wide survey since 2016 this morning. The official results of the 2022 census will be released next April.
The census, which was carried out in April, had been delayed a year by the Covid-19 pandemic. The next census will be carried out in 2027.
Here is what we learned:
The 2022 census was the first to offer “no religion” as the first option when asking people about their faith. It was followed by Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Islam, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian and Other. In 2016, “no religion” was the last option on the list. This year’s census also gave the public the chance to write a time capsule message of their choosing, which won’t be published until 2122.
As well as the new time-capsule option, the 2022 census included eight new questions relating to childcare, renewable energy, working from home, internet access and devices, smoking, smoke alarms, volunteering and how people travel to work, school or college.
Forms were delivered to over two-million homes, institutions, hotels and other kinds of accommodation ahead of the census on April 3.
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