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Census of Population of Ireland, 1996
Census Day - Sunday, 28 April 1996
Central Statistics Office

Form A

Panels A through E to be completed by the enumerator
A.

____ County or county borough
____ D.E.D. or ward
____ Enumeration area number
____ Street/townland
____ Town
____ Street, etc.; number / name of house

B. ____ Schedule no.

C.

[] 1 Private household in a conventional house
[] 2 Private household in a flat or bedsitter
[] 3 Travelling people
[] 4 Private household in caravan, mobile home, etc
[] 5 Non-private household (specify)____

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Q.1 Name and surname ________

Write the names and surnames of the persons to be included in BLOCK CAPITALS.
The head or one of the joint heads should be entered on line 1.
Use a separate line for each person.

Q.2 Sex

Please check the appropriate box.

[] 1 Male
[] 2 Female

Q.3 Relationship to person listed on line 1

Please check the box which indicates the relationship to the person listed on line 1.
Specify relationship of "Other relative" (e.g. father, daughter-in-law, niece, uncle, cousin).
Specify position in household of an "Unrelated" person (e.g. boarder, housekeeper, friend, flatmate, foster child).

Head or one of the joint heads [on line 1]

[] 1 Husband of wife
[] 2 Living together as a couple
[] 3 Son or daughter
[] 4 Other relative (specify)
[] 5 Unrelated (specify)

Q.4 Date of birth

Use numbers, e.g. enter 14 February 1956 as 14/2/56.
_ _ Day
_ _ Month
_ _ Year

Marital status
Questions 5-6 were asked of persons aged 15 years and over (i.e. those born on or before 28 April, 1981)

Q.5 Was the person ever married?

Please check the appropriate box
[] 1 Yes
[] 2 No

Q.6 What is the marital status of persons who were ever married ("Yes" at Q.5)?

Indicate the present actual marital status irrespective of the legal status.
Please check the appropriate box.
[] 1 Widowed

Remarried following:
[] 2 Widowhood
[] 3 Dissolution of previous marriage (annulment or divorce)
[] 4 Married

Married but separated:
[] 5 Deserted
[] 6 Marriage annulled
[] 7 Legally separated
[] 8 Other separated
[] 9 Divorced

Q.7 Place of birth ____

If born in Ireland, state the county
If born elsewhere, state the country

Q.8 Usual residence now ___

If the person usually lives at this address, write "Here". If not, write the usual address in full.

Q.9 Usual residence one year ago

If the person's usual address one year ago was the same as that given at Q.10, write "Same". If not, write in full the usual address at that time.
For children now younger than one year old, write "Under 1".

Previous residence in another country
[Questions 10-11]

If the person lived outside Ireland (Republic) for a period of one year or more please indicate:

Q.10 The year of taking up residence in Ireland (Republic) ____

Q.11 Country of last previous residence___

Q.12 Means of travel to work, school or college

Indicate the usual means of travel to work or school by inserting a check mark in the appropriate box. If the person works at home (e.g. farmer, shopkeeper living on the premises, etc.) please insert a check mark in Box 11.

[] 1 On foot
[] 2 Bicycle
[] 3 School bus
[] 4 Other bus
[] 5 Train
[] 6 Motor cycle
[] 7 Motor car (driver)
[] 8 Motor car (passenger)
[] 9 Lorry, van
[] 10 Other means
[] 11 None

Q.13 Distance to work, school or college ____

State, to the nearest mile, the distance travelled from residence to place of work, school or college.

Q.14 Irish language

Indicate whether the person can speak Irish by inserting a check mark in the appropriate box.
If the person can speak Irish please indicate frequency.

Can the person speak Irish?

[] 1 Yes
[] 2 No

If Yes, does the person speak Irish?

[] 1 Daily
[] 2 Weekly
[] 3 Less often
[] 4 Never

[Questions 15-24 were asked of persons 15 years and over]

Q.15 Education

What is the highest level of education (full-time or part-time) actually completed to date?
Insert check mark in the appropriate box.

[] 1 No formal education
[] 2 Primary Education
[] 3 Lower secondary (Junior/Inter/Group Cert., "O" levels)

Upper secondary:
[] 4 Technical or vocational
[] 5 Leaving Certificate
[] 6 Both technical/vocational course and Leaving Certificate

Third Level:
[] 7 Non-degree qualification
[] 8 Primary university degree
[] 9 Professional qualification (of degree status at least)
[] 10 Both a degree and a professional qualification
[] 11 Post-graduate degree (excluding post-graduate diplomas)

Q.16 Scientific or technological qualifications

If the person has such qualifications state: (a) the qualifications held; (b) the main subject(s) in which held.
(a) Qualifications held ____
(b) Main subjects ____

Q.17 Age education ceased

[To be completed only for persons whose full-time education has ceased]

State age at which full-time education ceased _______

Q.18 Present status

Indicate by inserting a check mark in the appropriate box, the person's present principal status.
Self-employed persons should insert a check mark in Box 1. Persons temporarily absent from work because of illness, holidays, etc., should insert a check mark in Box 1.

[] 1 At work
[] 2 Seeking regular work for first time
[] 3 Unemployed
[] 4 At school, student
[] 5 Home (i.e. domestic) duties
[] 6 Retired
[] 7 Unable to work owing to permanent sickness or disability
[] 8 Other, specify ___

Q.19 Occupation ________

If at work, state here the usual principal occupation, giving a full description.
If unemployed or retired, describe the principal occupation previously held.
Persons described as farmers or farm workers should also state the area of the land currently/previously farmed.

Q.20 Employment status

It at work, please check the appropriate box to indicate person's present employment status. If unemployed or retired, indicate the person's previous employment status.
[] 1 Self-employed, with paid employees
[] 2 Self-employed, without paid employees
[] 3 Employee
[] 4 Assisting relative (not receiving a fixed wage or salary)

Q.21 Employers and employer's business ________

For persons at work, if an employee, state name of employer (person, firm, company or public body) and nature of business carried on by the employer. If self-employed, state the nature of business carried on. If unemployed, state the name and nature of the business of last employer.

Q.22 Address of place of work, school or college ________

Give full and exact address at which actually working or at which attending school or college. If working from a fixed centre or depot give that address. If working at home (e.g. farmer, shopkeeper living on premises) write "At Home". For persons with no fixed place of work (e.g. sales representatives) write "None".

Q.23 Type of work

If at work, indicate whether the person's usual principal occupation is full-time or part-time.
Insert a check mark in the appropriate box.
[] 1 Full-time
[] 2 Part-time

Q.24 Duration of unemployment

If unemployed, indicate the month and year in which the person's previous principal occupation ceased.
Use numbers e.g. enter March 1995 as [03][95]
_ _ Month
_ _ Year

DECLARATION

To be completed by the person responsible for making the return

I declare that this return is correct and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Signature________

Explanatory notes

Question 1 - Name and surname

  • Include every person, whether a member of the family, visitor, patient, employee or other person, who passes the night of Sunday, 28 April 1996 in the household or institution or who arrives on the morning of Monday, 29 April 1996, not having been enumerated elsewhere.
  • Persons normally resident in the household or institution but absent on the night of Sunday, 28 April 1996, should not be included.
  • Babies born after midnight on 28 April 1996 should not be included. If a baby, born before midnight on that night has not yet been given a name, it will be sufficient to write "Baby".

Question 3 - Relationship to person listed on line 1

  • A step-child or adopted child should be included as the son or daughter of the step or adoptive parent.

Question 7 - Place of birth

  • Give the usual residence of the person's mother at time of birth, not the location of the hospital or nursing home where the person was born.
  • If born in any part of Ireland (including Northern Ireland) give the name of the county of birth.
  • If born outside Ireland, whether now resident in or visiting Ireland, state the country of birth.

Questions 8 and 9 - Usual residence now; usual residence one year ago

  • If an address in any part of Ireland (including Northern Ireland) is being given, ensure that the county of residence is stated. In addition, if the address is in a town, the name of the town should be given and if it is in a rural area, the town land name should be given. In every case the full postal address should be given.
  • If the address is outside Ireland, state the country of usual residence.
  • For school children who are away from home during term-time, the home address and not the term-time address should be regarded as the usual residence.
  • For students at university and other 3rd level institutions who are away from home during term-time, the term-time address should be regarded as the usual residence.
  • For persons temporarily in hospitals and other institutions, give the home address.
  • For persons with no settled address, write "None".

Questions 10 and 11 - Previous residence in another country

  • These questions should be answered for all persons who are now usually resident in Ireland (Republic) and who previously lived elsewhere for a continuous period of 12 months or more; or who were brought to live here before their first birthday.
  • At question 11 please distinguish Northern Ireland separately.

Questions 12 and 13 - Means of travel to work, school or college and distance travelled.

Means of travel to work, school or college:
These questions should be answered in respect of any person who is at work or who is attending school, university, etc. full-time. Leave blank for other persons (e.g. those engaged in home duties, retired persons, children not yet at school). Particulars given should relate to the outward/journey.
  • If the person regularly uses some means of transport to a fixed place of work or to school, the principal means of transport (e.g. bus, train, motor car, motor cycle, bicycle, lorry, van) should be indicated.
  • If the person walks to work or school, indicate "On foot".
  • If the person uses more than one means of transport to work or school, indicate only the means by which the longest distance is travelled.
  • If the person uses different means of transport on different days, indicate the means used most often.
  • For persons working daily from a fixed centre or depot, such as certain transport workers, indicate the means of transport to this centre or depot.
  • For school children or students who are resident in schools and colleges, write "None".
Distance travelled
  • For persons working daily from a fixed centre or depot, indicate the distance travelled from residence to this centre or depot.
  • For persons with no regular place of work, such as sales representatives, road workers and others who do not work at or from a fixed centre or depot, write "None".

Question 14 - Ability to speak the Irish language

  • This question should be answered for persons aged 3 years and over. Leave blank for children under 3 years of age.
  • Persons who can speak Irish only or Irish and English should tick the "Yes" box.

[Questions 15-24 relate only to persons aged 15 years and over]

Question 15 - Education received (highest level of education completed)

Persons who received their education when institutional arrangements were different to those currently in place or who were not educated in Ireland should select an equivalent option.
  • A person who has attended Primary level only should select Box 2. Moreover, a person who attended a second level school but dropped out without sitting for the Junior Certificate, Intermediate Certificate, Group Certificate, '0' Levels or GCSE should select Box 2.
  • A person who sat for the Junior Certificate, Intermediate Certificate, Group Certificate, '0' Levels or GCSE (but no higher level) should select Box 3 irrespective of the results achieved.
  • Completing an apprenticeship should be regarded as equivalent to completing technical or vocational education at second level and Box 4 should be selected. However, if the apprenticeship was completed in addition to the Leaving Certificate then Box 6 should be selected.
  • A person who sat for the Leaving Certificate (but who completed no further course) should select Box 5 irrespective of the results achieved.
  • A person who successfully completed a Post Leaving Certificate programme (VPT2) or a secretarial or commercial course lasting a year or more in addition to a Leaving Certificate should select Box 6.
  • A person who attempted a third level course but without obtaining the certificate, diploma or degree in question should select the appropriate Box at Upper Secondary level.
  • A non-degree qualification at Third level (i.e. Box 7) should be selected for a person who has obtained a certificate/diploma (not equivalent to a university degree) from a course for which the entry requirement was the completion of the Upper Secondary level to a certain minimum standard.
  • A post-graduate degree refers to a degree at Master or higher level. A person with a post-graduate diploma such as the Higher Diploma in Education (but without a degree to Master or higher level) should for Census purposes select Box 8.

Question 16 - Scientific or technological qualifications

This question should be answered for persons who hold one or more qualifications of the type listed below in a branch of science or technology, including natural sciences, engineering, medical sciences, agricultural sciences and social sciences, but excluding commerce, domestic science and nursing.

(a) Qualifications - the qualification(s) held should be stated at (a) - see examples below.
Qualifications: certificate, diploma, associateship or degree awarded by an educational institution (university, National Council for Educational Awards, City and Guilds, Department of Education, etc.) following at least one year's full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) after the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent (graduate or corporate membership of a professional Institution).
Examples of entry at (a): National Certificate (NCEA); City and Guilds Technician Certificate; National Diploma (NCEA); College Technician Diploma; A.R.C.Sc.l.; A.I.M.l.S.; Grad.I.E.E.; Grad.I.Mech.E.; B.Sc.; B.E.; M.E.; Ph.D.; B.A. (Mathematics); B.Soc. Sc.; M.B.; B.Ch.; B.A.O.; M.Econ.Sc.; M.I.E.I.; M.I.C.I.; M.R.I.C.; M.1. Mech.E.; A.lnst.P.; F.I.M.l.S.; M.1. BioI.

(b) Main branch
The main branch of science or technology in which the qualification(s) are held should be stated at (b), Agriculture; Horticulture; Veterinary Science; Physics; Medicine; Dentistry;
Pharmacy; Biochemistry; Mathematical Physics; Architecture; Mechanical Engineering; Applied Biology; Applied Chemistry; Electronics; Geography; Sociology; Economics; etc.

Question 18 - Present status

  • Self-employed persons should insert check mark in Box 1.
  • Persons temporarily absent from work because of illness, holidays, etc., should insert check mark in Box 1.
  • Apprentices who are in employment and who also attend technical schools or colleges of technology should insert check mark in Box 1.
  • Full-time students who are in part-time employment should insert check mark in Box 4.

Question 19 - Occupation

  • If at work, state the usual principal occupation i.e. that by which the living is mainly earned.
  • If unemployed or retired, describe the principal occupation previously held.
  • In all cases describe the occupation fully and precisely using any special name by which the job is known and stating the type of work done. The following are examples of the types of occupational descriptions which should be used:
    • Retail store/shop manager
    • Computer systems manager
    • Garage manager
    • Civil engineer
    • Electrical engineer
    • Software engineer
    • Trainee chartered accountant
    • Laboratory technician
    • Electronic technician
    • Analyst/programmer
    • Secretary/receptionist
    • Gas fitter
    • Motor mechanic
    • Wood machinist
    • Ticket checker
    • Child minder
    • Food process worker
    • Chemical plant operator
    • Builder's labourer
    • Dock labourer
  • General terms such as "Manager", "Accountant", "Contractor", "Machine operator", "Technician", "Labourer", "Engineer", "Fitter", "Foreman", "Checker", "Mechanic", should not be used alone.
  • For civil servants and local government employees, the grade should be stated. For Army or Garda personnel, .the rank should be stated.
  • For teachers, the branch of teaching should be stated, i.e. ''primary teacher", "vocational teacher", etc.
  • For clergy and members of religious orders engaged in teaching or other service, a full description should be given such as "Christian Brother, primary teacher", "Nun, general hospital nurse", etc.
  • If a farmer or farm worker, regardless of present status (Question 18), state also the area and units (statute acres/hectares) of the land farmed (i.e. including land taken and excluding land left.
  • Specifically, if retired, then state the area farmed at retirement.

Question 21 - Employer and employer's business

This question should be answered in respect of each person aged 15 years or over who is at work or unemployed.
  • For a person at work:
  • If an employee, state the name of the employer (whether person, firm, company or public body) and the nature of the business carried on by the employer. If self-employed, state the nature of the business carried on.
  • For an unemployed person, state the name and nature of business of the last employer.
  • The nature of business carried on should be described fully indicating the type of goods made or dealt with, or type of service provided. For example, use descriptions such as "Clothing factory", "Computer manufacturer", "Insurance office", "Import agent (Textiles)". Descriptions such as "Factory", "Office", ''Agent'', should not be used alone.

Question 22 - Address of place of work, school or college

This question should be answered in respect of each person aged 15 years or over who is at work, at school or at college. Give full and exact address at which actually working or at which attending school or college. The address at which working is required, not the headquarters or head office of an employer, if this is different.
  • For persons who work from a fixed centre or depot, give that address.
  • For persons who work mainly at home, (farmer, shopkeeper living on premises, etc.) write "At home".
  • For persons with no fixed place of work such as sales representatives, road workers and others who do not work at or from a fixed centre or depot, write "None".

Question 23 - Type of work

This question should be answered in respect of each person aged 15 years or over who is at work. What is required is the person's' own assessment of whether their usual principal occupation is full-time or part-time.