Snapshot of a changing Ireland
The publication of the 2011 Census results show just how rapidly Ireland is changing. Not alone did the population rise by more than 7pc to 4.58 million in the five years since the previous census was held in 2006, but now 544,000 people -- almost one in eight of everyone living in this country -- is a foreign national.
That is just one of the fascinating insights contained in the census results. Another is that almost 270,000 people stated that they had no religious affiliation.
That is more than twice the number of people, 134,000, who told census enumerators that they were members of the Church of Ireland.