21 Mar 2022

Sunday April 3rd is Census night. People all over Ireland will fill out their Census forms.

WHAT IS THE CENSUS? The census is an account of Ireland’s population, counted on the night of Sunday 3rd April 2022.  Everyone present in the country, of every nationality, on that night must be documented and included on a census form. 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT I TAKE PART? The information gathered on this form gives the Government vital information they need to help plan for homes, schools, hospitals, transport, and many other services that are needed across our communities and in our country.  One of the great strengths of the census is that it shows the number of people living in each region, county, town and local area in Ireland, and provides detailed population figures at each level. These help to identify the demand for services both locally and nationally.

DO I, AS AN OAKLEE TENANT, NEED TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS FORM? Yes. As a resident in an Oaklee Housing home, the same as with every other household across the country, you need to document those present in your home on the night of April 3rd 2022. 

WHERE DO I GET THE FORM FROM? The census is organised by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The CSO employ a temporary field force of 5,600 people to help carry out the census at local and regional level. These people are called Census Enumerators. Census forms are distributed to every household and communal establishment (e.g. hotels, hospitals) by the Census Enumerators, who will also collect the completed census forms. All our Census Enumerators carry ID cards.  Please do ask to see the ID card when they call. Your enumerator will return to collect your completed form between 4 April and 6 May 2022. 

Your Census Enumerator will follow all public health and safety guidelines when delivering and collecting your census form. They will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (face masks, hand sanitiser), and will maintain social distancing when calling to your home. Your enumerator will not enter your home and will only require a brief chat when delivering and collecting your form. 

WHO NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED? Everybody present in the country on Census night must be included. This is the law.

CAN I FILL IN THE FORM IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE? If you wish to complete your form in Irish, please ask your enumerator for the Irish language version. Your enumerator will have a translation of the form in 22 different languages  BUT, these are provided only as a guide, because YOUR FORM MUST BE COMPLETED IN EITHER ENGLISH OR IRISH.

HOW SAFE IS MY INFORMATION? The Central Statistics Office (CSO) takes all possible security measures to make sure that the information you provide is private. 

WHAT DO I DO IF I AM AWAY FROM HOME ON CENSUS NIGHT?  Everyone should complete or be included on a census form wherever they sleep on Census Night, Sunday 3 April.   If you or your household are staying at a different location within Ireland on Census Night, you should make sure that you complete your census form in this location.

If a member of the household is away from home on Census Night they should be included in the absent persons section at the back of the form, regardless of whether they are in the country or abroad.

If an entire household is abroad on Census Night, they will not complete a census form but the enumerator will take a few details on the doorstep when they call.

If you are in a hotel, guesthouse, hospital, or other communal establishment on Census Night, please ensure that you have been provided with a census form and complete it there.

If you are working shift work on Census Night, Sunday, 3 April, please complete your census form when you return home the next morning.

CAN I FILL OUT THE FORM ONLINE?  Unfortunately, no, not for this census. 

WHEN WILL MY FORM BE COLLECTED? Your enumerator will return to collect your completed census form between 4 April and 6 May. If your form has not yet been collected by 6 May 2022 please return it fully completed in a large envelope to 

Central Statistics Office
PO Box 2021
Freepost 4726
Swords, Co. Dublin
K67 D2X4

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY COMPLETED CENSUS FORM? Your completed form will be delivered to the census headquarters in Swords, Co. Dublin. Over the following months every form is scanned and the data captured. This is then analysed and published as grouped anonymous data in the form of statistics. Once all the forms have been scanned and the data analysed, they are placed in secure storage for 100 years, when they will be made available to the public

IF I NEED HELP, WHERE DO I GO? If you need help with your form, have issues with your eyesight, or difficulties with reading, please visit our the accessibility aids page on the Census.ie for help (https://www.census.ie/help-with-your-form/accessibility-aids/ 

You can also telephone the Census helpline on 0818 2022 04 and email at census2022@cso.ie.

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