“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

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