Monday 5 December 2016

Paul Melia: Do you want your children to have a local school to attend? Do you want to take a bus to work? If so, fill out the Census form

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

Dorothea Findlater, who is 106 years of age, her grand-daughter Zanya Dahl and Zanya’s children, two-year-old Zya and one-year-old Lexi, at the launch of Census 2016 Photo: Tom Burke
Dorothea Findlater, who is 106 years of age, her grand-daughter Zanya Dahl and Zanya’s children, two-year-old Zya and one-year-old Lexi, at the launch of Census 2016 Photo: Tom Burke

For many people, the Census is just another tedious form to be filled out, a data-collecting exercise of little or no benefit to their daily lives.

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The State, they argue, already holds vast amounts of information about its citizens through income tax returns, local property tax payments, Irish Water bills and payments from the Department of Social Protection.

Could this data not be used to help plan essential public services?

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