Sunday, 24th April is Census night in Ireland. But did you know that you are legally required to complete your Census form and be included in the Census?
The basic legislation covering the 2016 census is the Statistics Act, 1993. Section 25 of the Act enables the Taoiseach to make Orders requiring persons or undertakings to provide information under the Act. The Order can specify the general nature of the information required and the persons required to provide the information. The relevant Order for census 2016 is the Statistics (Census of Population) Order, 2015.
After the last census in 2011, 5 people were prosecuted who refused to answer the 35-question survey.
The Census is an account of everybody in the country 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 usually happens every five years in Ireland. This is the law.
On census day 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. An enumerator will call again in the 2-3 weeks after census day to collect your form.
Every home and apartment should now have a Census form. If you haven’t received yours, the Central Statistics Office are asking that you:
- Freetext the word FORM to 50400
- Visit the helpdesk at census.ie or
- LoCall 1850 20 16 04.
For more information, visit www.census.ie.