Inishowen now part of the North in
INISHOWEN has been
gifted to the North thanks to a geographical blunder
on the official Census 2016 website.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has apologised
after the peninsula was cut off the map and
apparently annexed by the Six Counties.
Inishowen is Ireland's most northerly peninsula. It
is about the size of Co Louth and has a population
of almost 40,000 people.
The mistake on an infographic entitled ‘The Journey
of a Census Form’, was spotted by an irate Inishowen
News reader who fumed: "Do the people of north
County Donegal like being in the UK? You should kick
up a stink about it."
The cartography error is especially embarrassing as
it comes on the centenary of the 1916 fight for
independence and just days after an Irish language
error appeared on the Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin
Inishowen becomes part of Six
Counties in Census blunder.
The CSO said the
mistake was "inadvertent" while the faulty
infographic was rectified within several hours of
the statistics body having been notified.
"The Central Statistics Office acknowledge the
inadvertent error on the graphic which resulted in
the omission of the Inishowen Peninsula and
apologise for any offence or inconvenience caused,"
said a spokesperson.
The graphic was provided to the CSO by leading
Dublin advertising and design agency, Language.
The company has many prestigious clients and was the
creative force behind the successful Yes Equality
same-sex marriage campaign last year. Language
indicated that the map was being corrected as a
matter of priority.
The CSO said it could not comment specifically on
the cost of the faulty graphic to the taxpayer as it
was "just one part of a large amount of design work"
produced by the Dublin company for Census 2016.
An official census of population takes place every
five years and the next head-count will be held on
the night of Sunday, April 24, 2016.
Meanwhile, the CSO reassured all householders in
Inishowen that, despite their initial exclusion from
the map, they must fill out a census form.
"Census enumerators have been delivering forms to
every household in the country and will continue to
do so up until April 24 including, of course, to
everyone in every part of Donegal," the spokesperson