By Clara Crowley
THE official 2016 census night will take place on Sunday, April 24th.
The public are being urged by the Central Statistic Office (CSO) to fill out the forms. In the lead-up to this historic night, 4,663 enumerators will have delivered forms to over two million homes across the country.
Every corner of the country will be covered, from Mizen to Malin. The CSO is sharing advice to people on how to fill up the Census forms correctly.
Deirdre Cullen, CSO senior statistician, with responsibility for the Census said: ‘The Census, carried out every five years, is very important because it shows how we, as a country, have changed and are changing over time.
‘It allows us to plan for the Ireland of tomorrow and give vital input to important decisions on where to build new schools, where transport is needed, where the population is aging and in need of more support.’
It contains 30 questions, which must be answered by each individual present in the house on that night. You must use black or blue coloured pen only and mark boxes with a ‘–’ rather than a tick.
In addition to this, there are eleven questions relating to the house itself, and it should also cover people who are temporarily visiting the house. Up to six people can be included in one form, and if required, additional forms can be requested from the enumerator.
You can find more on www.census.ie or your enumerator will answer any questions you have. The census helpline is 1850 2016 04.