Written Answers. - Population Statistics.

David Stanton

Ceist:

151 Mr. Stanton asked the Taoiseach the population of each county; the population trends over the past 20 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27743/01]

The most recent data for the population of each county are from the 1996 Census of Population. The following table provides a comparison of these figures with those for 1971 (there was no census in 1976).

Population by county, 1971 and 1996

County

1971

1996

Change

% change

Carlow

34,237

41,616

7,379

21.6

Dublin County Borough

567,866

481,854

86,012

15.1

Dublin County

284,353

576,410

292,057

102.7

Kildare

71,977

134,992

63,015

87.5

Kilkenny

61,473

75,336

13,863

22.6

Laoighis

45,259

52,945

7,686

17.0

Longford

28,250

30,166

1,916

6.8

Louth

74,951

92,166

17,215

23.0

Meath

71,729

109,732

38,003

53.0

Offaly

51,829

59,117

7,288

14.1

Westmeath

53,570

63,314

9,744

18.2

Wexford

86,351

104,371

18,020

20.9

Wicklow

66,295

102,683

36,388

54.9

Clare

75,008

94,006

18,998

25.3

Cork County Borough

128,645

127,187

1,458

1.1

Cork County

224,238

293,323

69,085

30.8

Kerry

112,772

126,130

13,358

11.8

Limerick County Borough

57,161

52,039

5,122

9.0

Limerick County

83,298

113,003

29,705

35.7

Tipperary N.R.

54,337

58,021

3,684

6.8

Tipperary S.R.

69,228

75,514

6,286

9.1

Waterford County Borough

31,968

42,540

10,572

33.1

Waterford County

45,347

52,140

6,793

15.0

Galway County and County Borough*

149,223

188,854

39,631

26.6

Leitrim

28,360

25,057

3,303

11.6

Mayo

109,525

111,524

1,999

1.8

Roscommon

53,519

51,975

1,544

2.9

Sligo

50,275

55,821

5,546

11.0

Cavan

52,618

52,944

326

0.6

Donegal

108,344

129,994

21,650

20.0

Monaghan

46,242

51,313

5,071

11.0

State

2,978,248

3,626,087

647,839

21.8

*Galway County Borough did not exist in 1971.