Susan O’Keeffe: What percentage of vital Census statistics are acted upon?

The CSO does a fine job of gathering and presenting information, but how much of it is used to inform government policy?

Taoiseach Micheal Martin launching Census 2022 with Zara and Mya Akinsowan, both age 8. Picture: Leah Farrell/

A very lovely man turned up to deliver our census form the other day. He was helpful and kind – the epitome of public and community service. He was offering the kind of service that harks back to another age, when people power motivated everything and when the cost of sending out thousands of people across the land with official documents was barely noticed.

But, surely, it must be now. In rural areas, one person ...