Monday 19 August 2019

Population growth in capital to outpace rest of country


Dublin city centre (Stock picture)
Dublin city centre (Stock picture)

Anne-Marie Walsh

Dublin and the east coast are on course to outpace the rest of the country with a population surge of up to 39pc by 2036.

New official figures show the decentralisation dreams of politicians of the past are merely wishful thinking as statisticians predict the numbers living in the capital will rise to 1.86 million in 17 years.

This compares with a population of 1.34 million Dublin residents in 2016.

The new report also reveals that the number of people aged 65 and over is projected to see massive increases of more than 65pc across all regions of the country.

Dublin and the mid-east are projected to show the strongest population growth to 2036 according to the Central Statistics Office population projections.

Overall, the population - which stood at 4.74 million in 2016 - is projected to increase to between 5.33 million and 5.81 million by 2036.

This is broadly in line with forecasts in the Government's Project Ireland 2040 plan.

Under the most extreme scenario examined by the statisticians with international migration of 30,000 people a year and migration to Dublin from the regions, the population in the capital is set to rise by 39pc by 2036.

This would mean the capital would account for 32pc of the population.

The mid-east is projected to increase its population by almost 27pc in the same period.

Together, Dublin and the mid-east will account for 66pc of total growth.

All other regions will show lower levels of growth ranging from 124,500 people in the south-west to 25,700 in the south-east.

Dublin's population will grow by 1.7pc per year compared with increases of just 0.5pc and 0.3pc in the Border and south-east areas respectively.

Meanwhile, separate figures show the number of people at work has soared by almost 22pc or 409,900 to 2.3 million between 2013 and the first three months of this year.

The number in full-time jobs increased by 406,700 and accounted for almost the entire increase in employment.

Irish Independent

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