The population of the Republic of Ireland could increase by over one million people in the next 17 years, according to projections by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The population of Dublin alone is expected to increase by 31.9%, from 1.34 million in 2016 to 1.76 million by 2036, representing 31.6% of the total population of the Republic of Ireland.

Population of Ireland to rise to as high as 5.8 million by 2036

The findings in the report included that:

-The Mid-East region, which accounted for 14.6% of the total population share in 2016, is projected to increase under all six scenarios to between 15.1% and 16.6% by 2036.
-The South-West, Mid-West, West and Border regions are projected to account for a lower percentage share of the total population under all scenarios by 2036.
– The number of persons aged 65 years and over is projected to see increases in excess of 65% across all regions by 2036.

-Noah Harte