Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (1012)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1012. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if a matter regarding census records will be examined (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23754/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

The 1901 and 1911 censuses are the only surviving full censuses of Ireland open to the public. Both censuses were released to public inspection in 1961. Between 2007 and 2010, the censuses were digitised and made available online and have proven immensely popular.

The National Archives is aware that some files of census returns are missing from the online 1911 census and these include those referred to by the Deputy. In recent years, the National Archives has been carrying out a programme of corrections to the online data in response to submissions of suggested corrections received via e-mail from members of the public. The National Archives intends to continue with a programme of work to address missing and incorrect data.

The Deputy will be pleased to know that, although the census records to which he refers are not available online at present, the originals remain in the custody of the National Archives and can be made available for inspection in the Reading Room by arrangement. The National Archives can supply copies of individual forms to those who cannot visit in person and details of how to contact the National Archives can be found on the website www.nationalarchives.ie/.