The country is filling out the 2022 census this weekend — here’s what you need to know

census Night takes place on Sunday April 3rd.

Here we answer some of your most important questions.

Q1: So what happens if I’m not home on census night?

A: Everyone should be there on Sunday the 3rd.

The advice is: “If you or your household are elsewhere in Ireland on census night, please ensure you complete your census form at that location.”

If a household member is not home on census night, they should be listed in the Absent Person section on the back of the form, whether they are domestic or overseas.

If you are staying at a hotel, boarding house, hospital or other community facility, you should make sure you have received a census form and fill it out there.

Q2: Can I fill out the form online?

A: No, but the Central Statistics Office (CSO) is working to provide an internet option for the next census. Your completed forms will be collected by a counter between April 4th and May 6th.

Q3: Question 18 asks if I smoke tobacco products – what would that include?

A: The advice is: do not use e-cigarettes, e-cigarettes, nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, sprays or snuff.

But also all tobacco products such as cigarettes, pipes, roll-your-own cigarettes, cigars or cigarillos.

The answers given will help build a national picture of smoking rates in the population.

Q4: Question 19 relates to “How do you usually get to work, school, college or childcare?”. But I don’t use only one mode of transport, so what can I say?

A: For people using more than one mode of transport, tick the box for the mode of transport used for the longest part of the trip. For people with more than one job, state the travel times related to your main job, where your main job is the one in which you spend most of your time.

For people without a permanent job who report to a fixed address at the beginning of their working hours – for example bus drivers, flight crews, operators or street market stalls that are not dismantled after work – please refer to this address when specifying the travel dates.

Q5: So when do we get a look at the first census results?

A: The first results will be published on June 24th. These will contain initial figures for Ireland’s total population on census night. However, the first official report, the 2022 Census Summary Report, will not be released until April 2023. Further results will be published by December 2023. The results are published on separate topics such as housing, population by age and geographic distribution.

Q6: So the 2022 Census is available in English and Irish and can be viewed or downloaded in 22 other languages. Are there any rules as to what language it must be completed in?

A: The translations are for information and guidance only. Forms must be completed in either English or Irish.

Q7: So do I need to fill out the census form?

A: By law, everyone in Ireland must be included in the census on census night. The Statistics Act 1993 is the basic legislation for all surveys conducted by the CSO, including the census. Section 25 of the Act empowers the Taoiseach to make orders requiring individuals to provide information in accordance with the law. Anyone in Ireland on April 3rd must be included on a census form.

Q8: So what kind of things will people include in the Time Capsule section? It is optional and will open to the public in 100 years – 2122.

A: There are no hard and fast rules for this. It is for handwritten messages and no photos are allowed. One suggested idea is to write a message for future generations of your family. Family recipes and drawings are other options. It is the first form that offers this possibility. The Census team have put together a few sentence starters to consider if you get stuck with ideas like “A typical day for me in 2022 starts with…” or “My favorite thing about life in Ireland in 2022 is…”. Families and households are advised to take some time in the coming days to think about what message they want to put inside.

Q9: I haven’t received a form yet. What should I do?

To date, more than 1.7 million forms have been mailed and this will continue into census night. But the CSO said there have been challenges with access to apartments, gated communities and delivery to homes with locked mailboxes. If you haven’t received a form but have a business card from your counter, get in touch with them. If you have not had contact from a meter, contact the CSO via the helpdesk form on their website: or call them on 0818 2022 04.

Q10: Any tips for filling out the form?

A: Forget colored pens – when it comes to the forms, a black or blue pen is recommended. Mark boxes with a hyphen instead of a tick. And it may seem obvious, but write clearly in capital letters and only type one letter per box. When it’s done, keep it in a safe place to collect. All forms should be collected before May 6th. The country is filling out the 2022 census this weekend — here’s what you need to know

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