From schools to housing, successive governments have failed to harness invaluable census data, say experts

Experts have argued that the preliminary findings of the Census 2022 have highlighted the failure of successive governments to meet housing and other key infrastructural needs – and failed to use the invaluable information at their fingertips to plan properly Huh.

Their report shows that Ireland’s population currently stands at 5,123,536 people. This is the first time the population has exceeded five million since 1851. The population has increased by 7.6 percent since the 2016 census, including 2,593,600 women and 2,529,936 men – an increase of 7.7 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively.

Each county in Ireland saw an increase in its population, and the counties that grew the most were in Leinster.

As of the 2022 census, the current housing stock is 2,124,590. That’s an increase of 120,000, or a 6 percent increase over the 2016 figure.

The east of the country had the highest rate of change in its housing stock. Kildare saw a 12 percent increase in its households, while its population increased by 11 percent. In Roscommon, the housing stock increased by 3pc while the population increased by 8pc.

The forms were distributed to over 20 lakh households, institutions, hotels and other types of residences ahead of the census to be held on April 3.

Historian Catriona Crowe, former head of special projects at the National Archives of Ireland, said sensors are tools that have been used for thousands of years to enable legislators to collect taxes and assess the needs of the general public.

However, it argued that the rich resource was not being used in Ireland for its intended purpose.

“Our population is increasing. The problem is that there is no intellectual connection between the census data and the government’s plan,” she said.

“Have you ever noticed that someone mentioned they’re going to build a lot of new schools and housing because the census figures are up?

“At the moment we are in the middle of a housing crisis because clearly nothing that the census told us in the last 20 years has made a difference to housing policy.

“We have a crisis of school placement for children with special needs, which can also be estimated from census records. So, we have great information from our census meetings at the Central Statistical Office, but use it for essential purposes. Not done. Made for.”

Rory Hearn, assistant professor in social policy at NUI Menuth, said the census has exposed the flaws in the government’s housing for all scheme.

Housing for All was based on an estimate of 5 million citizens of the 2021 population, and Mr Hearn said with 120,000 more people living in Ireland, this meant the housing program targets should be scaled up.

He argued that over the past six years there has been a “mismatch” between population growth and the country’s housing stock. He said the census shows “very clearly” that population growth has outpaced housing provision, particularly in counties such as Longford, Clare, Tipperary and Waterford.

“It shows to me that the government needs to look at how it is building housing in our regions, in counties where there is no land development agency land, where investor funds and developers are not interested in construction,” he said. Told. ,

“There’s a real issue that I think is going to make housing in rural counties and I think the state really has to step in there and that’s something that’s going to get worse.”

According to the data, the property vacancy rate has declined by 9 percent since 2016, although 166,752 vacant dwellings are still recorded – including 35,380 rental properties.

The areas with the highest rental property vacancy rates were Dublin (38 pc) and Galway City (30 pc).

More than 90 percent of vacant houses in Census 2022 can be linked to Census 2016, while about 85 percent can be linked to Census 2011.

Mr Hearn said these figures “bloat out of the water” the notion that a strong vacant property tax will not bring a “significant number” of properties back to the market.

“These figures show that there are still 166,000 vacant units, not including holiday homes, in fact it shows that the government will have to fast-track the vacant home tax as well as look at additional measures, especially for completely empty. rental property,” he said.

“These are not abandoned properties, these are properties that can be rented out with minimal work, possibly no work, and I think the government should act immediately to put these rental properties to use. Will have to do

“We have 850 properties on today, that’s a multiple of that. You can house a homeless population 16 times more than we have vacant properties.”

Mr Hearn said Ireland was a “country of population growth” and needed substantial investment in housing, health, schools and other public services to meet public demand.

“We are a country where people want to live, where people want to live, that’s why we need homes and we need to invest in infrastructure because the alternative is that people will migrate,” he said.

The first option was to give “no religion” when the 2022 census asked people about their faith. This was followed by Roman Catholicism, Church of Ireland, Islam, Orthodox Christians, Presbyterian and others.

As well as new time-capsule options, the 2022 census includes eight new ones related to childcare, renewable energy, working from home, Internet access and devices, smoking, smoke alarms, volunteering and how people travel to work, school or college. Questions included.

Historian Catriona Crowe said: “The most interesting thing about this latest census is the time capsule, the fact that they gave people the opportunity to write down how they feel about things now, which will always be there for years to come.” Interesting when stuff gets cleaned up.

“My favorite is the name of the family pet in a 1911 census return that was called Tatters. He was a dog, he was from Longford, he was three years old, he was not married. He didn’t speak Irish — you have to Everything had to be filled in. So, I encouraged people to put their pet’s name in the text box so we can get to know them in the future.”