There was a 38.5 percent increase in the number of Irish Travellers living in Longford since 2006, according to the latest figures released from Census 2011.
Nationally, Longford has the second highest percentage of Travellers per 1000 people in the population. In Longford, there were 744 Irish Travellers recorded in the Census, which equates to 19.1 people out of every 1000 people. Only Galway city is higher with 22.1 per 1000. The national average is 6.4 Irish Travellers per 1000 people.
The number of people recorded as Irish Travellers in Census 2011 increased by 32 per cent nationally, with all counties apart from Limerick and Waterford showing increases larger than the increase in the general population.
Last week’s publication ‘This is Ireland – Highlights from Census 2011, Part 1’ 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.
The population of Co Longford is now 39,000 (19,649 males and 19,351 females), a jump of 13.4 percent since 2006. The average increase was 8.2 percent nationally.
Unsurprisingly, Longford was also shown to have particularly high vacancy rates for households. There are 4, 075 vacant houses in Longford, a percentage of 21.6 percent, much higher than the national average of 14.5 and significantly higher than the Leinster average of 10.3 percent.
For more on this story, see this week’s Longford Leader.