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The CSO is planning to prosecute Census non-cooperators

It’s a legal offence to fail to provide information to the CSO if requested in a census.

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THE CENTRAL STATISTICS Office says it is preparing to prosecute a “small number” of people who refused to cooperate with census enumerators.

The 2016 Census was carried out on 24 April of this year.

It’s a legal offence to fail to provide information to the CSO if requested in a census.

After the 2011 survey, there were five successful prosecutions of people who refused to answer the 35 household questions.

Two people were convicted after the 2006 census, receiving fines of €200.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, CSO spokesperson Tony Downes said the agency wasn’t yet in a position to confirm how many prosecutions will be sought.

“We can’t give a number just yet. We’re still getting documentation back from the field and it will take a while to look through all of that,” Downes said.

Cases aren’t expected to end up before the courts until next year.

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