People are reminded to complete census form this Sunday night
IRELAND’s next census will take place this Sunday, April 3, as people are reminded to complete the forms on census night which will be then collected by an enumerator before May 6.
This year’s census will generate a detailed picture of social and living conditions in Ireland as 5,100 enumerators have been delivering over two million forms to every household across Ireland in the last few weeks.
Speaking at the launch of Census 2022 at the start of March, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD said: “The census, by counting every single person present in Ireland, provides a uniquely comprehensive account of our population. It is far more than a simple counting exercise, the census asks a variety of questions that give us the information that is vital for the planning of public services. There is not a single decision taken, on the provision of public services from health to education and housing, that is not shaped in some way by census data.
“By actively participating in the census people are supporting their communities, ensuring policy decisions are made with an accurate view of each community’s needs. The census also provides a valuable historic record for future generations to study. As we mark the Decade of Centenaries, and examine the progress we have made as a nation, it will be fascinating to see what Census 2022 tells us about our country”
Eileen Murphy, Head of Census Administration, provided practical advice to people preparing for Census 2022.
“An enumerator will call to your home in the coming days or weeks to deliver your census form. They will be wearing easily identifiable clothing and carry a census ID badge. Please support the census by facilitating your form’s delivery,” she said.
“When your census form arrives keep it in a safe place to fill it out on the evening of 3 April. Please read the instructions carefully, fill it out in a blue or black pen. If you have any questions your enumerator can help.”
Census forms are available in Irish and English while guides are also available in another 22 languages to assist those for whom Irish or English is not a first language.
A range of additional accessibility supports and ‘how to’ guides are available on CENSUS.