Irish population at post famine record levels due to baby boom
July 1st 2011
Ireland’s population is now at record levels since the Famine — and the country now boasts the highest birth rate in the European Union.
Preliminary results from the 2011 Census record an Irish population of 4,581,269 — up 341,421 from the last count five years ago.
The 2006 Census returned an Irish population of 4.2 million people, the first time the figure had risen above the 4 million mark since 1871.
The 2011 Census was conducted in April and initial figures suggest that the Irish population has grown by 8.1 per cent over the last five years — 100,000 more than predicted by the country’s Central Statistics Office.