Members of the people are asked to consider what they think should be included in the next census.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has opened a public consultation process for the 2027 census, inviting members of the public, organizations and stakeholders to submit suggestions on proposed questions.
The CSO said the filings could include proposed changes to the wording of questions used in the 2022 census or suggestions for new questions.
CSO Director of Census Administration Eileen Murphy confirmed that work is also underway to enable the public to take the next census online.
“Preparations for the 2027 census have already begun and this public consultation on the questions for the next census is an important part of the process. We accept submissions via an online form, email or post to ensure that as many organizations and individuals as possible can participate. We will honor every submission we receive,” she said.
“The CSO has also begun work to provide an online response option for the first time in an Irish census.”
Visit the CSO website at for more information on filing www.cso.ie/en/census/census2027consultationand the consultation process ends on Wednesday 21 December.
A Census Advisory Group will be established early next year to review submissions and decide on new questions and changes to the current questionnaire. These will be tested in a pilot census in 2024 before final questions are submitted for government approval in 2025.
The 2022 census was the first to offer “no religion” as the first option when people were asked about their beliefs. It was followed by Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Islam, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian and others. In 2016, “no religion” was the last option on the list. This year’s census also gave the public the opportunity to write a time capsule message of their choice, which will not be released until 2122.
However, the form has also been criticized for not including a “non-binary” option in the “What is your gender” section.
In addition to the new time capsule option, the 2022 census included eight new questions on childcare, renewable energy, working from home, internet access and devices, smoking, smoke detectors, volunteering, and how people get to work, school or college.
Ahead of the April 3 census, forms were delivered to over two million homes, institutions, hotels and other types of accommodation.
In June, the CSO released the preliminary results of the first population-wide survey since 2016. The official results of the 2022 census will be released in April 2023.
According to the results, the population of Ireland is now 5,123,536 people. It is the first time since 1851 that the population has exceeded five million. This is a 7.6 percent increase from the 2016 census, which told us there were 4,757,976 people living in the state. The 2016 population was a 3.7 percent increase from the previous census, which was conducted in 2011. 2,593,600 women and 2,529,936 men were recorded, an increase of 7.7 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively.
https://www.independent.ie/news/public-asked-to-weigh-in-on-census-2027-questions-42185560.html The public asked for comments on the 2027 census questions