According to the 2016 census the population of the Republic of Ireland was 4,761,865, and estimates of the population resident in Northern Ireland at 30 June 2018 was  1,881,600. This is a total combined population (for the whole Island) of 6,643,465. That’s  less than the population of Ireland at the end of the Famine. (1851), and just for comparison, much less than London’s (9 Million in 2019). The growth of the population in the whole island of Ireland is urgently needed to provide an economy which is viable and sustainable in the longer term. We should set a Population growth target of 2% per annum for a period of twenty years. We can achieve this growth by encouraging the Birth-Rate, selective immigration, and encouraging the Irish abroad, to return to their homeland. Some estimates of the size of the Irish diaspora abroad, put the figure at 80 million. 

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