120. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the CSO was misrecording personal details when inputting census returns, in particular surnames and personal names which contained fadas; if such practices will cease; and the steps he will take to correct the recorded data to date. (Question 15800/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Central Statistics Office Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh) (Deputy Joe McHugh): CSO collects first names and surnames on census questionnaires to ensure that the full population is counted on the night of the census and to assist census enumerators in checking that all relevant questions have been answered on the census forms.
It is incorrect to assert that CSO misrecorded personal details in processing the census returns. CSO accurately records an image of every census questionnai...