Welcome to Census 2016.

On Sunday April 24th a detailed Census of Population will take place in Ireland. The census will count everybody who is present in Ireland on that night. The information is used for statistical purposes and is available to everyone to use. The initial census results will be available three months after census night – i.e. July 2016

Information on Census 2016

What is the census?

The census is an account of everybody in the country on census night.  On census night, everyone in the country must be included on a census form and be part of the official count of people and dwellings that happens every five years in Ireland.

When is the next Census?

The next census will be on Sunday 24th April 2016. Everyone who is in the country on that night should be included on a census form. You must be counted on a census form wherever you are in Ireland – at your home, staying with relatives or friends, in a hospital, etc.

Do I have to fill out the form?

Yes. Everybody present in the country on census night must be included. This is the law. The information the census provides is important for planning for the future for us all so it is important that everyone is included.

What do I have to do?

Your census enumerator will deliver your census form to your home sometime in the 3-4 weeks leading up to census night 24th April. You should keep this form in a safe place until census night. The enumerator will be happy to answer any queries you have about the form.
On census night you should complete the form in respect of each person in your household and sign the declaration at the end of the form when it is complete. Please keep it in a safe place until it is collected. Your enumerator will call again in the 2-3 weeks after census night to collect your form. They will also be happy to assist you if you have had any difficulty in completing the form. You may check the identity of the enumerator by asking to see their ID. 

Is it confidential?

Yes. All of the answers you provide on your census form are completely confidential and are used strictly for statistical purposes only. No personal information is shared with any other agency or government department. This is guaranteed by law!

What is the Census used for?

The census is used to provide information on all of the people living in Ireland. This information is used by government, regional and local authorities, businesses, local communities and others to help with making decisions about future plans for education, healthcare, employment, transport and a range of other services. The information provided does not reveal any individual information. Click here    for further information in English on the benefits of the census.

Where can I get help?

Your Census Enumerator is there to help you and will be glad to answer any questions you might have about the census or filling in the census form.

A translation of the census form is also available in the following 21 languages: Arabic,

Bengali, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Thai, Urdu, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

You can see the information available in each language by clicking here.

You can click on the following links to get more information about the Census form in English and how to fill it in {Update material at links}:

Guide to Completing the Census form – this gives step by step help to completing each question.

2016 census guide to Questions – this explains each question, why it is asked and what the data is used for.

So fill in your census form on Sunday 24th April 2016 and help ensure the success of Census 2016.