Ireland grows by 220,000 people despite economic collapse
Ireland’s population has grown by over 220,000 people in the last five years despite emigration due to the recession, the latest Census shows.
The Central Statistics Office will today publish the first results from the 2011 Census of Population held on April 10 last.
Two million households took part in the survey which was managed by over 4,800 Census Enumerators who delivered, explained, and collected the forms.
The last Census, in 2006, revealed record population growth and almost 4.25m people living in Ireland.
However, since then the country has undergone a dramatic economic collapse as well as a reversal of migration trends.
A growth of 220,000 in the population represents less than half of the population growth expected before the economic crash.
Today's figures will also show population change for every constituency and electoral division in the country.
This will have a major influence on the Government's plans for redrawing electoral boundaries and reducing the number of TD's before the next election.