Population growth points to real challenges for our housing plan
Despite going through one of the worst recessions in Europe over the past decade, Ireland's population has continued to grow more rapidly than that of most other countries across the continent.
The implications of packing more people onto this - still very sparsely populated - island are manifold. What the changing population says about rural Ireland and how people are housed are among the most important implications.
But before looking at those issues, consider last Thursday's unveiling of the first details of Census 2016 in the broader context.