Conor Lenihan, Minister for Integration, said at a conference on Saturday that he believed that the 2006 census seriously underestimated the number of foreign nationals (IT, page 4). He suggested that the number of Poles in the country is 160,000 to 200,000 rather than the 62,495 report in the census.
If this is true, then who should take responsibility for the CSO's incompetence? Do we need another census?
Had the census been correct, we might have retained our 13 seats in the European Parliament. As things stand, the Dáil constituencies will be incorrect as they are based on overall population.