The following is republished here, with permission of the author, from the Irishman's Diary:
On Monday, 3rd January, the high profile 'Irishman's Diary' column of The Irish Times carried an opinion piece by CIGO's Steven Smyrl about the 1926 census. Steven put forward the view that there is huge tourism potential currently locked away in the 1926 census and that the data cannot be described as sensitive in the context of data captured in modern census records. He went on to suggest that if the political will exists the returns could be made available as soon as 2012. A compromise with the Central Statistics Office could, if need be, involve redaction of data relating to living people. Various members of the public have been in contact with CIGO on foot of the piece noting the accuracy and compelling nature of the case Steven has set out. Steven's article represents a yet further advancement of CIGO's long-running campaign to gain public access to the 1926 census records.
You can read the full article in the Irishman's Diary