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Rising population will help us to bounce back

Dan O'Brien


Deaths are up and births are down, but the number of people in Ireland is set to reach five million very soon, writes Dan O'Brien

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FAMINE STATUES IN THE DUBLIN DOCKLANDS: The Famine in the 19th century supercharged a tradition of emigration in Ireland

FAMINE STATUES IN THE DUBLIN DOCKLANDS: The Famine in the 19th century supercharged a tradition of emigration in Ireland

FAMINE STATUES IN THE DUBLIN DOCKLANDS: The Famine in the 19th century supercharged a tradition of emigration in Ireland

This year will forever be associated with the pandemic, and the deaths it has caused. It may be somewhat ironic, but it is also likely to be the year that the population of the 26 counties passes five million for the first time since Famine days.

Last Thursday's once-a-year population figures from the State's statisticians and demographers threw up interesting findings about some of the most important things in any society - death among them.


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