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Deirdre Cullen and Padraig Dalton, from the Central Statistics Office, at the launch of the Census 2011 results.

Deirdre Cullen and Padraig Dalton, from the Central Statistics Office, at the launch of the Census 2011 results.

Deirdre Cullen and Padraig Dalton, from the Central Statistics Office, at the launch of the Census 2011 results.

A DECADE ago, only the very rich and powerful could buy satellite pictures if they needed to view any part of the world from space. Today, any of us can use Google Earth to get the same service for free.

Yesterday, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) unveiled a new website that has the same potential to change the way we understand our surroundings.


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