The number of people living and working in Dublin is expected to rise with implications for public services.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has predicted that the pressure on Dublin's housing, social and transport infrastructure will intensify over the next 30 years due to a 56 per cent surge in the population of the city.

Dublin occupies just 1.3% of the area of Ireland but currently houses about 30% of our people. The result is a lot of pressure on public services.

The growing population density in the Dublin region is placing pressure on public services. The latest report from the CSO indicates that these pressures will intensify into the future.

The population of Dublin is projected to grow by 56% by 2031 accounting for an additional 500,000 people for the city.

The 1.5 million population barrier will be breached by 2020 if not sooner.

It is expected that around 205,000 immigrants will make Dublin their home and there will be a 20% growth in the number of children in the city.

Aidan Punch of the CSO says that in carrying out the research, a number of assumptions were made. Fertility trends would decline in the short to medium term and that people will live approximately five years longer.

The CSO report predicts that the population of the country as a whole will grow by 940,000 with 80% of this population growth in the Dublin region. The number of children in all regions outside Dublin is expected to fall. The report predicts that the midlands will lose about 10 per cent of its population with 45% fewer children. The midlands is set to suffer heavy population losses due to migration.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 June 2001. The reporter is George Lee.