Ireland's Growing Population: An Emerging Challenge Aidan Punch
The principal focus of this chapter is projecting the population of
Ireland. This will draw on the work we have carried out in the Central
Statistics Office (CSO) on national population and labour force
projections2 and more recently on regional population projections3.
Some of the issues which will be touched on are the likely magnitude
of the young, old and working age populations, the mix between Irish
and foreign born persons, labour market movements and regional
The chapter will also touch on related topics such as different
household types, the changing urban/rural mix and commuting
patterns. However, these will not be based on formal projection models
but rather on observing past trends and postulating about the likely
shape of future developments.