“Census figures will have planners going back to the drawing board”

That’s George Lee on RTE just now. What he’s pointing at is the fact there are 100k more people in the Republic than the CSO previously thought. He also reports that plans to scrap 20 seats from the Dail are somewhat screwed because the new figures will mean they can only be cut by 13. More general info on the new results (in 2011, the same year the survey was taken) from the Irish Times

The results show Laois had the fastest-growing population, increasing by 13,399 from 67,059 in 2006 to 80,458 in 2001, a rise of 20 per cent, which is over twice the rate for the State as a whole. The next fastest-growing county was Cavan, which increased by 13.9 per cent.

Other counties with strong growth were Fingal (13.8 per cent), Longford (13.3 per cent), Meath (13.0 per cent) and Kildare (12.7 per cent), which are part of the wider Dublin commuter belt.

The population of Limerick and Cork cities fell by 5.0 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively between 2006 and 2011.

More historical context from the excellent Finfacts

  • JR

    There is nothing less predictable than demographics. I wonder does that mean that the figures for the percentage of the population that were thought to be unemployed are wrong.

  • Neville Bagnall

    Laois is part of the Dublin Commuter belt now too.
    Serviced by both commuter rail and motorway.

    Notable that Longford and Cavan also had some of the biggest percentage increases in housing.

    Unfortunately the CSO doesn’t map to the ED level. But AIRO should have the dispersal pattern soon.


  • Neville Bagnall

    AIRO has been updated.

    Cavan showing a definite surge in the south east around Virginia. Longford looks to still be outside the influence of Dublin with the possible exception of Meathas Truim/Edgeworthstown.

    It will be interesting to see whether there is any confirmation of commuter patterns in the full results and what http://www.airo.ie/system/files/filefield_stats/1375/1690/212/be8c2aade897addbd61782862658c2ab and the rest of the city commuter maps look like when updated with the full 2011 results.

  • The continuing failure of Limerick and Cork City centres to grow is a shocking indictment of their Authorities to promote densification, of the spatial “strategy” and of the continuing failure to provide urban centres with financial tools necessary for their development to encourage people to live in town rather than in the hinterlands which lack transportation and cause strain on utilities not designed for the monster estates permitted in the County Council areas.