According to the CSO in Dublin the Republic’s population has hit 4 million, a level not seen there since the end of the last century. Underpinning the huge rise since the early nineties have been migration rates unprecidented in over 200 years.
John Fitzgerald, head of the ESRI, speakng to Radio Ulster explalined that the figures roughly break down into three equal groups: returning Irish nationals; other EU citizens; others from outside the EU – though this latter may have been exagerated as the figures were collated in April, before the new accession countries officially joined the EU.
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