Census 2011

3.86m people (84.2%) of people living in Ireland defined themselves as Roman Catholic in April 2011, a decrease on the 87% who did so in 2006. Due to general population increase, however, just under 180,000 more people define themselves as Catholic than in 2006.

The next largest religious grouping is the Church of Ireland/Anglican Communion with 129,039 people (2.8%). … More Census 2011

Not so strange bedfellows

David Quinn will be able to use the phrase ‘the Roman Catholic community’ with more surety. Atheist Ireland will be able to speak more effectively for their vision for a “fair future based on accurate statistics”. This kind of Victorian bluebook-ism confuses the representation of ‘reality on the ground’ for fairness. … More Not so strange bedfellows

3. work if you can 4. dream. 5. act

It seems to me now that Ireland’s complacent, property-obsessed middle classes (yes, that’s me) are in a similar position. We think that making the banks work ‘properly’ again is the objective of these ‘adjustments’. It is not for this objective that the hospital wards are closing this year. This is little short of the Irish economy being turned inside out for shareholder value. … More 3. work if you can 4. dream. 5. act