Dáil Éireann - Volume 358 - 21 May, 1985

Written Answers. - Religious Denominations Statistics.

554. Mr. Kelly asked the Taoiseach if [1490] he will state, in tabular form, the figures for the members of the population of the Twenty-six County area stating membership of Christian denominations (details supplied) other than Roman Catholic in each census from 1921 to date both in absolute terms and as a percentage of the total population.

The Taoiseach: The particulars as compiled from the census of population are given in the statement which follows. At the 1971 and 1981 census of population there was an increasing number of persons for whom no information was supplied under the question on religion. It is not possible to say how this has affected the numbers and derived percentages for individual denominations. In the circumstances the information provided in the table is somewhat more extensive than actually requested.

[1491] [1492] TABLE: Number of Persons of Each Religion and Expressed as a Proportion of the Total Population at each Census — 1926, 1936, 1946, 1961, 1971 and 1981

Year

Total Persons

Religious denomination

“No religion”

No. information supplied

Catholic

Church of Ireland*

Presbyterian

Methodist

Jewish

Other stated† religions

1926 No.

2,971,992

2,751,269

164,215

32,429

10,663

3,686

9,730

%

100.0

92.6

5.5

1.1

0.4

0.1

0.3

1936 No.

2,968,420

2,773,920

145,030

28,067

9,649

3,749

8,005

%

100.0

93.4

4.9

0.9

0.3

0.1

0.3

1946 No.

2,955,107

2,786,033

124,829

23,870

8,355

3,907

8,113

%

100.0

94.3

4.2

0.8

0.3

0.1

0.3

1961 No.

2,818,341

2,673,473

104,016

18,953

6,676

3,255

5,236

1,107

5,625

%

100.0

94.9

3.7

0.7

0.2

0.1

0.2

0.0

0.2

1971 No.

2,978,248

2,795,666

97,739

16,052

5,646

2,633

6,248

7,616

46,648

%

100.0

93.9

3.3

0.5

0.2

0.1

0.2

0.3

1.6

1981 No.

3,443,405

3,204,476

95,366

14,255

5,790

2,127

10,843

39,572

70,976

%

100.0

93.1

2.8

0.4

0.2

0.1

0.3

1.1

2.1

*Includes Anglican and Church of England.

†Includes Christian denominations other than those covered in preceding columns.