Census of Population 

Study Numbers (SN): 0007-00 - 0009-00



Irish Census data has been kindly supplied by the Central Statistics Office (CSO: www.cso.ie). Please note that ISSDA only holds a sub-section of the data, with a wider selection of data being made available directly from the CSO on their census webpage or through the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS: international.ipums.org/international) International website (as indicated below).




Sample of Anonymised Records (COPSAR) 

Available in ISSDA: A 5% anonymised, individual level sample of the data is available for the 1996, 2002 and 2006 Censuses.  Please see below for associated documentation and a request form.

Available in IPUMS: A 10% anonymised sample of  households for the 1971, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996,  2002 and 2006 Censuses is available on the IPUMS International website. IPUMS hosts Census data from 74 countries covering 238 Censuses and 544 million persons.


Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS)

Available in ISSDA: The available datasets break the national data down by various geographic levels (Electoral Division, Gaeltacht, etc.). SAPS for 1981-2002 are available from ISSDA. 

Available from the CSO: Data from subsequent censues are available from the CSO website.


Place of Work Census of Anonymised Records (POWCAR)

Available in ISSDA: This dataset concentrates on transport questions, and ISSDA holds 2002 only.

Available from the CSO: The 2006 edition of the data is only available, under strict conditions, to bone fide researchers who are approved by CSO and are signed up as Officers of Statistics for the duration of their research. Further details are available in the POWCAR user guide.


Documentation (available for download)

Census forms (PDF): Census 1996 Form - EnglishCensus 1996 Form - English - 2002 (PDF) - 2006 (PDF)

COPSAR user guides (PDF): 1996 - 20022002 - 2006

SAPS user guides (PDF): SAPS 1981 COP User GuideSAPS 1981 COP User Guide - SAPS 1986 COP User GuideSAPS 1986 COP User Guide -SAPS 1991 COP User Guide - SAPS 1996 COP User GuideSAPS 1996 COP User Guide - SAPS 2002 COP User GuideSAPS 2002 COP User Guide

POWSAR user guides (PDF): 2002 - 2006 - 2011



Accessing the data

To access the data, please complete an ISSDA Data Request Form for Research Purposes, sign it, and send it to ISSDA by email.

For teaching purposes, please complete the ISSDA Data Request Form for Teaching Purposes, and follow the procedures, as above. This covers sharing of data with students in a classroom situation. Teaching requests are approved on a once-off module/workshop basis. Subsequent occurances of the module/workshop require a new application. If students will subsequently using data for projects/assignments they must submit their own request form for Research Purposes. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.



Any work based in whole or part on resources provided by the ISSDA, should  acknowledge: “Census of Population" and also ISSDA, in the following way: “Accessed via the Irish Social Science Data Archive - www.ucd.ie/issda”.

Citation requirement

The data and its creators shall be cited in all publications and presentations for which the data have been used. The bibliographic citation may be in the form suggested by the archive or in the form required by the publication.


The user shall notify the Irish Social Science Data Archive of all publications where she or he has used the data.


If you have any queries please read our FAQs.




Journal Articles

Miao Fu, Kelly Andrew J., Clinch Peter J., (2014) Residential solid fuel use: Modelling the impacts and policy implications of natural resource access, temperature, income, gas infrastructure and government regulation. Applied Geography: Volume 52, pages 1-13 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.04.007

Morrissey, K (2014). Gender Differences in the Association between Common Mental Disorders and Regional Deprivation in Ireland. The Professional Geographer: Journal of the Association of American Geographers. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2015.1054020

Morrissey, K and O'Donoghue, C and Farrell, N. (2014) The Local Impact of the Marine Sector in Ireland: A Spatial Microsimulation Analysis. Spatial Economic Analysis, 9 (1). pp. 31-50. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17421772.2013.835439

Morrissey, K, O'Donoghue, C, Clarke, G, Li, J (2013) Using Simulated Data to examine the Determinants of Acute Hospital Demand at the Small Area Level. Geographical Analysis, 45 (1). pp. 49-76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gean.12000

Morrissey, K, O'Donoghue, C. (2011) The Spatial Distribution of Labour Force Participation & Market Earnings at the Sub-National Level in Ireland. Review of Economic Analysis, 3 (1). pp. 80-100.

Morrissey, K. Clarke, G., Hynes, S, O’Donoghue, C. (2010) Examining the factors associated with depression at the small area level in Ireland using spatial microsimulation techniques. Irish Geography, 43 (1). pp. 1-22.

Morrissey, K., Clarke, G., Ballas, D., Hynes, S. and O'Donoghue, C. (2008), Examining access to GP services in rural Ireland using microsimulation analysis. Area, 40: 354–364. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4762.2008.00844.x

Morrissey, Karyn (2014). An Urban-Rural Exploration of Depression, CVD and their Comorbidity in Ireland. Irish Geography, 47 (1). pp. 77-94. http://hdl.handle.net/10871/23228

Tol, R.S.J., N. Commins, N. Crilly, S. Lyons and E. Morgenroth, 2009, Towards Regional Environmental Accounts for Ireland, ESRI Working Paper 293. www.esri.ie/publications/towards-regional-environmental-accounts-for-ireland/

Tol, R.S.J., N. Commins, N. Crilly, S. Lyons and E. Morgenroth, 2009, Towards Regional Environmental Accounts for Ireland, Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol. 38, 105-142. http://hdl.handle.net/2262/36150


Books/ Book chapters

Farrell, N, O'Donoghue, C, Morrissey, Karyn (2012) Simulated Model for the Irish Local Economy. In: Edwards, K. and Tanton, R., eds Microsimulation Methods and Models. Springer, London, pp. 200-217.

Morrissey, K, O'Donoghue, C. Clarke, G. (2009) Accessibility Modelling: A Rural Health Care Application. In: Mager, Christophe and Bavaud, Francois, eds Handbook of Theoretical and Quantitative Geography. UNIL FGSE Workshop Series, No. 2. . Lausane University, Lausane, pp. 311-334.

Morrissey, K, O'Donoghue, C., Clarke, G. (2012) Linking static spatial microsimulation modelling to macro models: The Relationship between Access to GP services & Long Term Illness. In: Edwards, K. and Tanton, R., eds Microsimulation Methods and Models. Springer, London, pp. 187-200.

Morrissey, K. and Clarke, G. and Ballas, D. and Hynes, S. and O'Donoghue, C. (2012) SMILE - An Applied Spatial Microsimulation Model for Ireland. In: Stimson, R. and Haynes, K., eds Geography at Work: Applying Geographical Analysis to in the Public and Business Domains. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, pp. 187-200.

O'Donoghue, C. and Ballas, D. and Clarke, G. and Hynes, S. and Morrissey, K. (2013) Spatial Microsimulation for rural policy analysis. Advances in Spatial Science. Springer, London, p. 264.

O'Donoghue, C. and Loughery, J. and Morrissey, K. (2014) Microsimulation estimates of the inequality impact of the economic crisis in Ireland. In: Dekkers, G. and Keegan, M. and O'Donoghue, C., eds New Pathways in Microsimulation. Ashgate, Surrey, p. 270.


Working Papers/ Policy Briefings

Curtis, J., Pentecost, A., Lyons, S., Morgenroth, E. and di Cosmo, V., 2013, Towards a Green Net National Product for Ireland, EPA STRIVE Report Series No. 103. www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/research/econ/strivereport103.html

Leahy, E., S. Lyons, E.L.W. Morgenroth and R.S.J. Tol, 2009, The Spatial Incidence of a Carbon Tax in Ireland, Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, Working Paper FNU-174. http://econpapers.repec.org/paper/sgcwpaper/174.htm