The census is a detailed account of everybody who is in the country on census night. On Sunday 24 April 2016 everybody in Ireland was required to enter their details on a census form.
The first results of the 2016 census were released today and show that the preliminary total of the population enumerated on census night was 4,757,976 persons. This compares with 4,588,252 persons in April 2011, an increase of 169,724 persons since 2011 or 3.7 percent. This release also contains first results on housing and vacant dwellings and show the number of occupied houses has increased by 49,285 since April 2011 while the number of vacant dwellings has fallen by 29,889.
Further results will be released in different phases as they become available during 2017, commencing with “This is Ireland, Part 1 – Principal Demographic Results” due to be published in March 2017.