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# Population

This year
Over 64,000 people emigrated from Ireland in year to April 2023
Of the 64,000 people, 30,500 were Irish citizens, according to new figures from the CSO.
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A comment given by a CSO worker to a committee has been taken as evidence of a non-existent government plan.
Census 2022: Number who identify as Catholic falls by 10 percentage points to 69%
There has also been an increase in the ‘No Religion’ category.
As of Sunday, 3 April, 2022, there were 5,149,139 people in the State.
Census 2022 also revealed that there has been a drop in the number of people who identify as Catholic.
The 'No religion' category also increased from 451,941 people in 2016 to 736,210 people in 2022.
Births continue to fall while death rate rises, new CSO statistics show
Northern Ireland Census records more Catholics than Protestants for the first time
China records first population decline in decades
China has long been the world’s most populous nation, but is expected to soon be overtaken by India.
Last year
Ireland's population grows at highest rate since 2008 in last 12 months - CSO
The Central Statistics Office estimates Ireland’s population to be 5.1 million.
UN says world population to hit 8 billion this year
It should hit 8.5 billion in 2030.
Census 2022 at a glance: A rundown of Ireland's big count
The Central Statistics Office has released preliminary data about Ireland’s population and housing.
Census 2022: Initial results show population of Ireland at highest figure since 1841
The housing stock increased by 6% since 2016, lagging behind a population growth of 7.6%
All time
Ireland’s population has topped five million, reaching highest level since 1851
That’s according to data published by the Central Statistics Office today.
Global population forecast to peak by 2064 before shrinking at end of century
Most countries will not be able to maintain current populations by the end of the century.
Ireland's population has risen this year, but more Irish people are leaving than returning
Over 4.9 million people now live in the country.
The native Irish population was in centuries of decline before the Vikings came along
Scientists from Queen’s University Belfast have analysed data from over 800 years.
China's two-child policy has led to 5.4 million extra births, fewer than the government hoped
The country operated a strict one-child policy from 1979 to 2015.
More people are returning to Ireland than leaving for the first time since 2009
Net outward migration of Irish nationals peaked at 29,600 in 2012.
Kildare has 40% fewer gardaí than any other part of the country
Fianna Fáil TD Frank O’Rourke is asking for a reallocation or redistribution of resources to Kildare.
China relaxed its one-child policy - now there's a baby boom
Almost 12 million Chinese babies were born in the first eight months of the year.
Demand for every kind of health service in Ireland is set to go through the roof in the next 13 years
According to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) Ireland’s rapidly growing (and ageing) population will create a huge demand for healthcare by 2030.
About a fifth of us aged 35 today will be physically disabled in 30 years
New research suggests that roughly one in four European women and one in six men are expected to be living with a physical disability by 2047.
Ireland will need 550,000 more homes and 660,000 more jobs for extra 1 million people by 2040
From today until 3 November, the public can make written submissions on the government’s national planning framework.
The world population will reach nearly 10 billion by 2050
Nigeria will overtake the United States by 2050 to become the third most populous country in the world.
More males are born in Ireland, but women are living longer
Some 53,000 more females than males were recorded in the Census 2016 results.
One in 10 Irish people say they have no religion, the second largest group behind Roman Catholics
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Some of the summary results from last year’s census will be published today.
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Turkish president says a woman's life is "incomplete" if she doesn't have children
He said that women’s careers should not be an “obstacle” to having children.
'The change in the global population over the next few years is unprecedented'
Though the overall global population will continue to grow for some time yet, the growth of the working-age population is slowing down pretty much everywhere.
What happens if you have a 2nd child in China? 'You'd become everyone’s punching bag'
A look at the policy that was revoked this week.
China is allowing people have more than one child
Couples will now be allowed two children.
Incredible pictures give unexpected perspective into how the most wealthy live
The highest paid CEOs in the United States make around 350 times what the average worker does.
Christians are leaving the faith in droves and the trend isn't slowing down
If the current trends continue beyond 2050 then by the year 2070 the world’s population of Muslims would roughly equal that of Christians.
Could Ireland cope with a population of 10 million?
Possibly. But we need to get moving.
Ireland's fertility rate is below what's needed to sustain our population
It’s also still falling.
A lot of Chinese couples don't want a second child after all
The government relaxed its strict ‘one child’ policy last year, but fewer couples took advantage of it than expected.
There could be 11 BILLION people on earth by 2100
That’s a lot of people.
Only 16% of emigrants were unemployed before they left Ireland
Overall emigration by Irish citizens is down 20% from last year.
Low life expectancy for males who drop-out after the Junior Cert
The ESRI found a big gap between the life expectancy at age 20 and 35 for those with the lowest level of education and those with higher accolades.
If Irish people had never emigrated to the US, Ireland would be pretty packed
Research estimates that instead of having 213 people per square mile, there would be 850.
Population of the Greater Dublin Area could grow by 400,000 over 20 years
The latest CSO figures also predict a ‘marked increase’ in the number of over 65s.
Irish people are having fewer babies, but still quite like getting married
The Fingal area of Dublin recorded the highest birth rate in the country with the lowest rate recorded in Mayo.
Ireland has the highest birth, lowest death and greatest emigration rates in Europe
As of 1 January this year, Ireland’s official population was 4,591,100.