Census figures show that the Irish population is heading for 5 million

Census: Preliminary results shows a decline in population in three counties.
Census: Preliminary results shows a decline in population in three counties.

The preliminary results of the census released this morning show an increase in population of 3.7% from 2011 to 4.76 million with only three counties showing a decline.

Population changes varied widely across the country with the fastest growing areas being the four administrative areas of Dublin, along with the commuter belt counties of Meath, Kildare, Laois, Longford and Louth.

  • Fingal: + 8 %
  • Meath: + 5.9
  • Kildare: + 5.6
  • Dun Laoighre/Rathdown: + 5.3
  • Laois: + 5.2
  • South Dublin: + 5.1
  • Dublin City: + 4.8
  • Longford: + 4.6
  • Louth: + 4.5
  • Wicklow: + 4.2
  • Cork: + 4.2
  • Carlow: + 4.1
  • Cavan: + 4.0
  • Kilkenny: + 3.9
  • Wexford: + 3.0
  • Westmeath: + 2.6
  • Galway: + 2.2
  • Offaly: + 1.7
  • Limerick: + 1.6
  • North Tipp: + 1.5
  • Kerry: + 1.4
  • Waterford: + 1.4
  • Monaghan: + 1.3
  • Clare: + 1.2
  • South Tipp: + 0.7
  • Leitrim: + 0.6
  • Roscommon: 0.6
  • Mayo: - 0.2
  • Sligo: - 0.1
  • Donegal: - 1.5

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