The explanations underneath each question below provide some details on why we ask the question. They also set out some of the ways the information from the full census is used. Advice on how to answer the question is often in the image of the question and in some cases there is added guidance. Your enumerator will also be able to provide advice and assistance with any questions or areas of the form.
Your answer to this question will help to build a picture of the various types of homes in your area. It also enables an analysis of types of accommodation by people of different ages, nationalities, educational attainment etc.
We ask this question so that we can put together a detailed picture of the age of our homes. It will provide detailed information on the housing stock by small area and year built, which is essential in understanding Ireland’s housing provision and needs.
The answers to this question will help to identify changes and trends in the numbers of people owning or renting their homes. This is an important element of the social and economic picture of our population.
Your answer to this question will give us information on the costs of rents in your area, and help to provide a clear picture of rental costs. This will help us to better understand vital issues such as the affordability and availability of rented accommodation.
The answers to this question will allow a comparison of how many rooms households have available to them in their dwelling.
Our energy use in our homes, and the type of energy source we use there, is a very significant part of our overall energy use. By telling us what is the main type of fuel used in your home, you can help us to understand our progress towards achieving our national energy and climate change goals.
This is a new question. The use of renewable energy sources is becoming a more important part of how we deliver heating and electricity to our homes. Your answer(s) here will help to inform policy makers in this area.
Your answer to this question will help to put together a picture of the availability and use of essential water supply services.
This information provides a clear picture of the sanitary services used in our homes.
The answers to this question will provide a detailed picture of the number of cars available to private households in Ireland.
Access to broadband services, including in our homes, is increasingly important in our daily lives. We need this information to understand the availability of these services in your area and nationally. The question been updated to reflect changes in the ways in which we access the internet, including the devices we use to do so. Your answer here will help us to better understand these changes.
This is a new question. Having working smoke alarms is recognised as a key factor in helping to reduce fires and fire damage. The answers to this question will help us assess the use of smoke alarms in our homes.
This is a new question. It will help us to better understand the use of our native language in our homes.
This completes the questions on your home. Please now answer the questions on the people in your home.
We ask you to give the name of everyone in your home/family to ensure that everyone there on the night is included in the census, and that everyone’s correct details are recorded. Names are also used to assist in the identification of family groups within households. In common with all other data provided to the CSO, this data will be kept confidential and be used only for statistical purposes.
Almost all information collected on the census form is analysed by both sex and age.
Knowing the age profile of our population is important in planning and delivering the services we all need, such as education, health and social welfare.
By identifying the family / other relationships in your home, you help us to understand the changes in family types. We can then provide results on changing social and living patterns, which is used to plan and deliver housing and social welfare services.
This question should only be answered by/for those aged 15 or over.Persons in same-sex marriages should tick ‘married’ on the census form. Your answer to this question helps us to identify and understand developments in the marital status of our population, for example changes in the numbers of people who are single/married/widowed.
Your answer to this question provides information that helps to better understand patterns of migration, both within our towns, cities and counties, and from other countries into Ireland.
Your answer to this question informs us of the numbers of people resident in each townland, town, city and county. This is vital information for local authorities and other public service providers. It is also the basis for deciding on electoral boundaries.
This is a new question and will help us to identify changes in housing tenure, in particular the numbers of people owning/renting their home in each area.
This question will help to clarify the numbers of people who have moved within Ireland/come to Ireland from abroad in the last year.
The answers to this question, together with the questions on place of birth and where people lived one year ago, provide a detailed picture of migration. In particular, we can analyse who came to Ireland since the last census.
The census information on the numbers of people of the various nationalities, together with details of where they live, their age, sex, economic status etc. is required and relied on by local and national organisations and service providers.
Information on the ethnicity of our population is an important part of the census. Under Irish equality legislation discrimination based on a number of grounds, including “race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins” is unlawful.
Everyone should answer this question, whether or not they have a religion. This question is not about frequency of attendance at church or other place of worship
People should answer the question based on how they feel now about their religious beliefs, if any. The question is asking about the person’s current religion or beliefs and not about the religion the person may have been brought up in.
If you have a religion, please mark the correct box for you. If your religion is not listed, please write it in the box provided at the end of the question.
Your answers to this question will help us to identify how many people can speak the national language, and how often and how well they speak it. This will help understand the use of Irish, and fluency in using it, among the population.
This is a new question. The answers will help to analyse the influence of growing up in an Irish-language household on the use of the language, and fluency in using it, in later life.
The census results on the health and disability status of the population provide vital information on the overall health of our people. They are a key input in identifying health services required to meet our needs.
For those with a disability/disabilities, your answer(s) to this question will help us understand how that disability/disabilities impacts your everyday life. This will help to inform what supports might be needed.
There are strong links between how people view their health and their actual health. The answers to this question can help to assess how health status is related to factors such as age, location and economic status.
This is a new question. Smoking is an important factor in people’s health status.
Means of travel will be analysed in conjunction with the address where people go to work/school/college/childcare. The results will provide valuable information on commuting patterns for planning public transport services and infrastructure. Usual means of travel will identify the different modes of transport used by commuters.
Time of leaving home will be analysed in conjunction with the address where people go to work/school/college/childcare. This will provide information on the volume of commuter travel by transport type at different times of the day.
Usual travel time will be analysed in conjunction with the address where people go to work/school/college/childcare. The results will provide valuable information on commuting patterns for planning public transport services and infrastructure, and information on the efficiency of various modes of transport.
The answers to this question will help to assess the extent to which unpaid personal help is provided by carers in our society. They will also help understand the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the carers themselves.
This is a new question. Volunteers make a vital contribution to many organisations across the country. Your answer(s) will provide a picture of the numbers of volunteers, as well as the areas and types of organisations in which they volunteer.
This question directs those aged under 15 to Question 35. If you are 15 and over, please continue to Question 26.
The answers to this question will be used to monitor the impact of education policies, changing skills levels and the extent to which people use their formal qualifications.
Together with Question 26, the answers to Question 27 will give us a detailed picture of the skills and qualifications of our population, and will help us to better understand our training and skills needs.
Further information on qualifications, including foreign qualifications, can be found at http://www.qqi.ie/Pages/Home.aspx
Your answer to this question will help us to identify how many people are in work, how many are unemployed and retired and how many are students. This is vital information in understanding the economic situation in the country and in your area.
Depending on your answer to Question 28, this question directs you to the next relevant question for you.
The answers to this question will provide us with a picture of the economic and employment make-up of the population, in particular the numbers of employees and employers.
Information on the occupations of those at work, unemployed or retired helps to better understand the employment situation in Ireland and trends in the growth and decline of occupations, which is important in economic planning.
This question directs those who have retired to Question 37. Those who are in work/unemployed should answer Question 33.
If you are employed, we ask you to provide a detailed description of the business of your current employer. If you are unemployed, please give the business of your most recent employer. This information will help to understand (changes in) employment in the various industrial sectors that make up our economy.
Guidelines on answering Question 33
|Inadequate Response||Possible Correct Response|
|Cleaning||Contract office cleaning|
|Software||Software development and support|
Local Authority Cleaning Department
Local Authority Library ServiceLocal Authority Housing Department
If you are unemployed, you have now completed your part of the census form. If you (or the person you are answering for) is working/in school/in college /in childcare, please answer Question 35.
Together with the previous questions on employment and education, this will help us to provide a detailed picture of where we go to school, college, childcare or work every day. This is vital to understanding and planning for our transport needs.
This is a new question. Access to childcare is an important social and economic issue. Together with the previous childcare-related questions, it will help us to better understand the availability of and need for childcare services. It will also help provide a clearer picture of the types of childcare being used today.
This completes your questions. Please now answer the questions for the other people (if any) in your home. If you are the only person in the home, please sign the form at page 23. If there are usually other people in the home who are away on 23 September, please answer the questions at page 22 on their behalf, then sign the form at page 23. Thank you for your participation!
This is form people who normally live with you but are temporarily absent from home on the night of Sunday, September 23rd. Include all students (primary, secondary and third level) who are living away from home during term time and are present at home on Sunday, September 23rd. The absent people listed on page 3 of the Census Pilot Survey form should correspond to the number of absent persons completed here. There are eight questions to answer per absent person.
Would you like to see the addition of a time capsule on the 2021 Census form? This would mean a space for your message which will not be released for 100 years. Please indicate your view.