Interesting to read the latest release from CSO re net population growth in Ireland.
Population is now at 4.792m (as of April 2017) – having grown by ~50k in both 2017 and 2016. And this growth is a combination of natural growth (births less deaths) and net immigration.
30 year growth
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 – population was 3.546m. 30 years on the population has grown by 35% (approx. 1.25% per annum compounded). If we continue at this rate for another 30 years we should reach a population of c. 6.5m.
Of course there are so many interesting analyses – movement by location, movement by nationality, movement by work status/ profession.
But would certainly be of the opinion that the country is more sustainable at increased levels of population – and that the 35% growth over the last 30 years has been very positive,