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1 IN 4 BLACK PEOPLE IN IRELAND BORN HERE; 10% of Population Foreign Nationals.
Byline: By BRIAN HUTTON
MORE than a quarter of all black people in Ireland were born here, it was revealed yesterday.
A Central Statistics Office report shows that 28 per cent of all black people surveyed in last year's census had an Irish birthplace.
The latest analysis of the census shows quite a young profile among what the CSO classifies as black or black Irish population with almost 35 per cent under 10.
That is more than double the national average which shows 14 per cent of the wider population are children under 10. A third of all black people are Catholic while one in six are Muslim.
The main religion among Irish Asians is also Catholic, with 26 per cent of those surveyed saying they belong to the Church.
Another 22 per cent of Asians said they belong to the Muslim faith.
There are 52,345 identified as Asian or Asian Irish resident in the Republic with almost six out of every 10 - 58.5 per cent - living in Dublin at the time of the census in April last year.
A total of 47.7 per cent of all black people live in the capital although Co Louth has the highest proportion of black or black Irish at 2.2 per cent, twice the national average.
There were 419,733 non-Irish people surveyed out of a population of 4,172,013 - that's around 10 per cent. The research into the population's ethnic and cultural backgrounds shows the Traveller community has a younger age profile than the wider community.
Two out of every five Travellers were aged under 15 compared to one in five of the whole population.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Brian Lenihan said he is concerned at the low number of ethnic people joining the gardai.
More than 1,000 recruits are in training but only 11 are non-Irish nationals.
Irish Mirror Comment: Page 8
Publication Information: Article Title: 1 IN 4 BLACK PEOPLE IN IRELAND BORN HERE; 10% of Population Foreign Nationals. Newspaper Title: The Mirror. Publication Date: July 27, 2007. Page Number: 19.