Explainer: The 2022 census is a month away – you need to know that


Ireland’s next census is a month from today, Sunday 3rd April and will include new questions on childcare and home working.

At the start of the 2022 census, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has stated that this year’s census will provide a detailed picture of social and living conditions in Ireland.

A team of 5,100 counters has started delivering over 2 million forms to every household in the country.

These forms must be completed on census night and will be collected by a counter before May 6th. All persons in Ireland on 3 April must be included on a census form.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD said at the presentation this morning: “The census provides a uniquely comprehensive picture of our population by counting every single person present in Ireland. Far more than a simple counting exercise, the census asks a variety of questions that provide us with the information vital to planning public services.

“There is not a single decision about the delivery of public services from health to education and housing that is not influenced in some way by census data.”

Meanwhile, Pádraig Dalton, Director General of the CSO said: “This census includes a number of new questions including renewable energy sources, childcare, smoking and working from home. This will add to the immense value the census provides.”

Mr Dalton stressed the confidentiality of the information collected from the census. “We value privacy and are fully committed to protecting the information of each and every census form. All participants can be assured that the information they provide is confidential, reported only as aggregated data and will not be disclosed to any third party or government agency.”

According to the CSO website, the new questions for the 2022 census follow a consultation process in late 2017 that sought opinions on changes to the census form. It selected a range of areas broadly representative of the population of Ireland.

Under the new topics in the Household section of the questionnaire, include a question about how many working smoke detectors are in your accommodation; and what type of Internet connection the household has. Another emerging question concerns the time people typically go to work, school, college or childcare.

Another question relates to whether people volunteer. Many other questions, such as those on religion, have also been changed to varying degrees.

When people are asked about their religious beliefs, “no religion” is the first choice on the form, followed by Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Islam, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian and others.

In 2016, no religion was last on this list.

Meanwhile, Eileen Murphy, director of census administration, also offered practical advice for people preparing for the 2022 census. “A counter will come to your home in the coming days or weeks to deliver your census form. They wear easily identifiable clothing and carry a census badge. Please support the census by facilitating the delivery of your form.

“When your census form arrives, keep it in a safe place to fill out on the evening of April 3rd. Please read the instructions carefully and fill them in with a blue or black pen. If you have any questions, your meter can help you.”

Census forms are available in Irish and English, while guides are also available in a further 22 languages ​​to assist those for whom Irish or English is not a first language.

The census is the largest statistical operation performed by the CSO.

This is the 26th census since 1841. The completed forms will be collected between April 4th and May 6th.

The CSO is legally independent and all data collected is treated confidentially.

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