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Here's when the next census is going to be

The Taoiseach got government approval for his proposed census date today.

CSO staff conduct their final checks in preparation for the last census held in 2011
CSO staff conduct their final checks in preparation for the last census held in 2011
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THE NEXT CENSUS will be held on the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the government confirmed this evening.

The Taoiseach got Cabinet approval today for the census to be carried out on Sunday, 24 April 2016, though this is not Easter Sunday which actually falls on 27 March that year.

The last census was carried out in 2011 with the nationwide survey of the population showing that the number of people living in Ireland had increased by 348,404 to 4,588,252 – an 8.2 per cent increase.

Censuses are usually held every five years and cost around €55 million to carry out.

This cost is spread over a three-year period and covers the preparation of IT systems, the payment of enumerators, and the processing of results.

It had been suggested two years ago that the census might not be carried out in 2016 due to lack of funding.

Here are the highlights of the last census carried out in 2011 > 

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