Census 2016: Growing pains
Population heads for five million as Census 2016 shows that Ireland is growing bigger, older and less Catholic
Ireland is heading towards a population of five million for the first time since the Famine - but drastic changes in the way we live are outlined in the new Census figures for 2016.
Nearly half a million households are now renting, with one in 10 of them paying more than €300 a week for the privilege.
The number of Census forms filled out decreased by more than 1,000 in tandem with a rise in the average household size - up from 2.73 people to 2.75.
And Ireland is now a country with an older population, fewer religious people, and more divorcees. Nearly half a million have no religion, with Catholics down 14pc in the past 25 years.