Population rises across the north west

The population across the north west region has increased according new figures.

The latest information from the Central Statistics Office shows a rise of 1% for the region in the last year.

The countries population could be on course to hit the 5 million mark next year -the highest since the Great Famine in 1851 -after new figures reveal it currently stands at 4.9 million.

The Central Statistics Office has broken down the country’s population into eight separate regions.

Counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal are included in what’s described as the Border Region along with Cavan and Monaghan.

The latest figures shows the population in this region now stands at 407,000 people an increase of 4,000 people in the 12 months to last April.

This represents a 1 % increase in that 12 month period.

All regions experienced a rise in population, with the Dublin Region experiencing the greatest increase of 1.8% to almost 26,000.