Petition for early release of the 1926 Census launched

Members of the IGRS will be interested to hear that CIGO – the Council of Genealogical Organisations of Ireland – has today launched a petition campaigning for early release of the 1926 Census.

The 1926 Census was the first one taken in the Free State and came after a tumultuous 15 year period in Irish history. These years encompassed World War I, the war of Independence and the brief Civil War, which saw the Public Records Office destroyed, burning many of our 19th century census records.

Today – 6th December – is an historic date in Irish history. In 1921, the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed by a delegation headed by Michael Collins and Arthur Griffiths. The following 6th December saw the foundation of the Irish Free State, which later became the Republic of Ireland.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister Josepha Madigan

CIGO is calling on the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who has ministerial oversight of the Central Statistics Office and the newly-elected Arts, Culture & Heritage minister, Josepha Madigan (governing the National Archives) to instruct the CSO to begin work on digitising the 1926 Census, with a view to its early release on this date 5 years from now. 6th December 2022 will mark 100 years of independence.

You can sign the petition here.

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