Publication of 1926 Irish Census to Require Legal Shift

Posted by admin on Apr 1, 2011

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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