MEN still outnumber women in county Offaly, bucking the national trend where there are more females than males in the county, according to the 2011 Census figures.
Presenting a picture of county Offaly as it was in April 2011, the figures were published in ‘This is Ireland - Highlights from Census 2011 - Part 1’, which looks at the overall change in the population since the last census in 2006. It also provides first results on age and marriage, households and families as well as including results on nationality, foreign languages, the Irish language, religion and housing.
A summary of some of the headline results show that Offaly’s has continued to grow strongly since 2006 with a surge of by 5,819 people to 76,687 including 38,430 men and 38, 257 women and represents an 8.2 per cent population growth over the 2006 population.
According to the 2011 figures, 4.4% of people in county Offaly had a martial status of separated or divorced. While, 29,754 people recorded themselves as married with a further 40,221 people listed as single in the county in April 2011.
The number of people enumerated as Irish travellers in Census 2011 increased in Offaly by 39.9% since 2006 to just over 1,000 people.
Looking at the house stock situation in Offaly, the figures show a total of 3, 620 vacant dwellings and a vacancy rate of 11.8% on the census night. The most common type of dwelling was detached making up 57.6% of all dwellings in the county. There were 26,750 households in Offaly with an average of 2.9 people per household.
People can expect further figures to be published across a range of themes throughout 2012. Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the Central Statistics office [CSO], explained it will be the first of in a series of 13 reports across a range of census themes,each examining a different topic in more details. “The CSO would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Ireland, who completed their census form last year and for being part of this comprehensive and very valuable picture of Ireland,” she added.
Elsewhere, the Laois/Offaly constituency has the highest ratio of population to Dail Deputy at 30,656, exceeding the constitutional limit population per TD. According to the article 16 of the Constitution, the ratio of population to TD has to be between 20,000 and 30,000.
The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census
Meanwhile, Senator John Whelan stated that the planning fiascos, cronyism and shoddy building standards of the past decade must never be repeated. “The combination of the latest census figures and Mahon Report make for sorry reading and a salutary lesson for us all,” he commented.
He believes Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan must without delay introduce the promised measures to provide for mandatory inspection and enforcement of all buildings to ensure compliance with the planning codes and regulations.
Senator Whelan remarked, “The midlands have seen rural farms turned into concrete jungles; houses and flats built Legoland-like on top of each other; very often on the side of the main roads with scant regard for privacy or provision of basic amenities for residents and young families. This type of shoddy building, appalling planning and questionable re-zoning must never be allowed to be repeated. Entire apartment blocks and flat complexes are lying idle and empty.”
He said planners shouldn’t be allowed walk away from this wreckage scot free.
“Properties piled high to secure the most profitable density per acre, divided by streets for which there is scarcely room for two cars to pass is not good planning and certainly didn’t put people first; people who paid top dollar and who are now to the pin of their collar to make ends meet often in negative equity.”