Irish census shows drop in Catholic population, jump in ‘no religion’ responses
April 07, 2017
The latest Irish census figures show a steady decline in the number of people who identify themselves as Catholics, and a rise in those who claim no religious affiliation.
The Central Statistics Office revealed that 78% of Irish people identify themselves as Catholics. That figure is down from 84% just five years ago.
Among Ireland’s 4.8 million people, almost 470,000 reported no religious affiliation; that figure was a 74% jump from the previous census.
For all current news, visit our News home page.
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a current donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!