Census Figures Show Children Now Make Up 26% of Population
Barnardos welcomes the preliminary Census 2016 figures which show the population of children continues to grow with children (under 18 years) now making up over a quarter of the country’s population. In 2016, there were 1,251,796 children in Ireland, this is an increase of 46,269 since the 2011 Census.
June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy, Barnardos said “It is always interesting to see the changing landscape of children’s age ranges and family types as recorded in the Census. Today’s figures show there are 1.22m families in Ireland, an increase of 3.3% on 2011. This includes a growth in all age ranges except the 0-4 years category, slight increases in one parent households (up to 218,817) and a significant increase in two or more family units living together. This is no doubt reflective of the housing crisis, resulting in multiple generations living together, often in overcrowded and unsuitable accommodation.
“The Census data highlights significant regional differences, for instance the number of children in families are highest in the North Eastern region but lowest in the cities of Dublin, Galway, Cork and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. It is important these findings shape public policy and service delivery so that resource allocation and investment in schools, health centres and family support initiatives is matched with the need of the population.”