The government intends to press ahead with the publication of the 1926 census although it would be in breach of the 100-year rule which governs all such information, Minister for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan has said. He said publishing the census would need a change of legislation but he had received “widespread approval” for this.
The 100-year rule was included in the Statistics Act 1993. The publication of the 1901 and 1911 censuses online has been a huge success with millions of hits on both websites. The Government is keen to include the 1926 census as part of a programme it hopes will draw tourists to Ireland looking for their roots.
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