NEARLY TWO MILLION Census forms will be filled out by homes and businesses across Ireland tonight for the 2011 Census.
The majority of people in the Republic should have received their census forms by now with the Census office confirming that 1.7 million forms have been delivered and are expected to be filled out tonight.
If you haven’t received your form fear not, the Census helpline is open until 8pm tonight and can be reached on 1890 201 111.
After 8pm it is still possible to get a form.
Anyone who hasn’t had their form delivered can contact the census helpline from 8am tomorrow morning and an enumerator in your area will get the form delivered.
David Regan, manager of the Census helpdesk, told TheJournal.ie this afternoon:
We are in contact with all 5,000 field staff so we will be able to get them to call to your dwelling if you need a form.
I would underline the importance of filling out the form for the good of the country and stress to anyone with any query to call the helpline who will be able to deal with any problem.
You can also request a census form on the website.
The collection of forms will begin tomorrow with preliminary results expected in July which should reveal if the population growth of the past two decades has been maintained.
A full detailed analysis will be completed by next Spring.
The information gathered from the forms will be kept confidential by the Central Statistics Office for the next 100 years.
Filling out the Census form is compulsory and failure to do so can result in heavy fines of up to €25,000.