Census 2022: Ireland is older, has more people, and is less Catholic than you think

What do the results tell us about modern Ireland?

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Census 2022 took place on the night of Sunday, April 3rd last year. It was delayed a year due to Covid. The data was released on Tuesday morning and as usual it’s a mine of information, with figures detailing the state we’re in, from our religious affiliations to how many people smoke, how we get to work and the average age.

For the first time, the census included a “Time Capsule” where households were encouraged to talk to future generations by writing whatever they fancied. It turns out the vast majority of households – 81 per cent – couldn’t be bothered talking to their descendants; historians and those who get to see the Time Capsule section in 100 years will be disappointed.

As soon as Census 2022 data was released, Irish Times journalists reported and analysed the figures and Ronan McGreevy came into the In the News studio to talk about the headline numbers that tell much out Ireland today, while people on the streets of Dublin gave their best guess at the figures. Presented by Bernice Harrison. Produced by Declan Conlon with vox pops by Catherine Mellett.

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison is an Irish Times journalist and cohost of In the News podcast