Population growth in Ireland

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,


Author: barry o'gorman

Independent consultant based in Dublin, Ireland.

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