Paul Melia: Do you want your children to have a local school to attend? Do you want to take a bus to work? If so, fill out the Census form
For many people, the Census is just another tedious form to be filled out, a data-collecting exercise of little or no benefit to their daily lives.
The State, they argue, already holds vast amounts of information about its citizens through income tax returns, local property tax payments, Irish Water bills and payments from the Department of Social Protection.
Could this data not be used to help plan essential public services?