The number of people with dual Irish nationality has increased dramatically 9 months ago

The number of people with dual Irish nationality has increased dramatically

Just the 87.4% increase...

The number of people holding dual Irish nationality has increased significantly by 87.4% to 104,784 persons according to new data from the Central Statistics Office.

The CSO Migration and Diversity Report shows that the number has risen sharply over the last five years with the Census revealing that people from the US, UK and Poland are most likely to identify as dual Irish nationals.

63.4% (66,440 persons) who identified as dual Irish nationality were born abroad.

The report also shows that, in April 2016, there were 535,475 non-Irish nationals living in the country, a 1.6% decrease on the 2011 figure of 544,357.


Dublin City (91,876), Fingal (46,909) and Cork County (42,002) had the largest numbers of non-Irish national residents while Leitrim (3,526) and Sligo (5,892) had the lowest.  Among the cities, Galway was the most multicultural, with 18.6% of its resident population recorded as non-Irish.  Just over 17% of Dublin City residents and one in six of Fingal residents were non-Irish nationals.

Looking at nationality by towns, Ballyhaunis in Mayo had the highest proportion of non-Irish nationals with 941 persons representing 39.5% of its population.  The next highest were Edgeworthstown in Longford with 32.3% (667 persons) and Ballymahon in Longford with 32.1% (599 persons).

Commenting, Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician, said: “This report gives a detailed insight into the many different nationalities living in Ireland, including their age profile, marital status, the languages they speak, and their educational and employment status.

"Non-Irish nationals and those with dual nationality are now well established in Irish society and communities throughout the country, and this report provides a wealth of information on their social and economic circumstances in April 2016."