Thu, 05 Oct 2023

DUBLIN, Ireland: Officials have announced that Ireland's population has passed the 5 million mark for the first time since the Great Famine in 1861.

Census officials note that Ireland's population is now 83 percent higher than in 1961, when the country's population was only 2.8 million.

Additionally, while the Catholic majority in the country was reported to have fallen from 79 percent in 2016 to 69 percent in 2022, it was acknowledged that this could also be due to changes in the wording of census questionnaires.

Of note, people listing themselves as having"no religion" grew from 10 percent in 2016 to 14 percent in 2022.

Census figures also showed that populations grew in every county since 2016, ranging between 5 percent in counties Donegal, Kilkenny and Tipperary to 15 percent in Co Longford.

Overall, Ireland has 390,000 more people thanks to both a natural increase and migration, said officials.

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