Number of Travellers living in County Kildare falls

Census results

Henry Bauress

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Henry Bauress

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henry.bauress@leinsterleader.ie

County Kildare traveller numbers fall

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Count Kildare experienced one of the largest relative drops in members of the Travelling community resident in the county between 2011-2016, new Census returns from the Central Statistics Office indicate.

The number of members of the Travelling community registered in the county on the night of the Census last year was 739, a 15% drop on the 2011 Census.

There were 30,987 Travellers in the State, comprising 6.6 per 1,000 of population, on 2016 Census night, Tuesday, May 10.

This compared to 29,495 in 2011, when they comprised 6.5 for every 1000 people.

In County Kildare the figure was 4.2 in 2011, but this fell to 3.4 in 2016.

That  drop was the second highest in the State.

Cork county (3 per thousand) and  Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (1.9 per 1000) were the only counties to have a lower proportion of members of the Travelling community per 1,000 of population than  Kildare.