The 2011 Census for Ireland revealed an increase in both marriages and divorces . More than 200,000 people divorced and 116,194 separated, based on a total population which rose to 4.58 million. Also a boom in weddings is seen as 143,588 more people listed themselves as married in 2011 compared to five years earlier.
Of the 1.18million families, 143,600 were cohabiting couples, 215,300 lone-parent families and 4,042 same-sex couples cohabiting.
The Census — taken on April 10, 2011 — showed the country’s increasingly diverse population rose to 4,588,252 last year and included 766,770 who were born outside Ireland, 17 per cent of the population. The Integration Centre said the census showed that the notion that many immigrants would leave Ireland once the recession hit was false
CEO Killian Forde said: “For policymakers who have backed up their inaction with the rhetoric that a majority of immigrants have left Ireland, these figures without a shadow of a doubt prove that this line can no longer be used.”.
The Census 2011 information also revealed that the number of Irish nationals returning home rose by 19,593 in the year to April 2011. The largest source — 7,338 — had lived in the UK, followed by 3,921 coming back from Australia and 1,688 from the USA.