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January 2008

Islam grows in Ireland

Islam is the third most popular religion in Ireland according to new figures from the country’s 2006 census. The figures show a 70% increase in the Muslim population between 2002 and 2006.

Ireland’s Central Statistics Office said Islam was the third largest faith group after Catholicism and Protestantism, with 32,500 people saying they were Muslims. More than 55% of those said they were either Asian or African nationals, while 30.7% had Irish nationality.

Immigration and returning Irish emigrants meant the population rose to 4,172,013 – the highest since 1861.

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