Ireland’s population at its highest for 135 years

Ireland’s (Republic of) population now exceeds 4.2 million, a jump of over 300,000 in just five years, according to preliminary results from the 2006 Census. The figure is the highest since the 1861 census with the biggest increases coming in Fingal, Meath and Kildare, accounting for 30% of the increase since 2002. Interestingly, the 5.6% increase for Dublin is well below the national increase of 8.1%. Cavan has seen a jump of 13.1% while Cork city and Limerick city were the only two of 34 administrative counties to record falls in the population in the last four years.