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The annual snapshot of Irish society

The General Household Survey (GHS) is a national survey that place takes place three or four times each year and is part of an EU-wide programme. Each survey usually has a specific theme: for example, in the first quarter of 2019 the survey measured computer and internet use in your home and the levels of equality and discrimination experienced in Irish society; in the second and third quarters of 2019 it will  gather information on general health and wellbeing and the impact of crime on households in Ireland.

The survey usually has a core of common demographic questions that are always asked (e.g. age, sex, education, etc.) plus one or more specific sets of survey questions that will change each year.

Here are the topics we have covered so far:



2017 Q3 & Q4 Adult Education Survey
2018 Q1 Information & Communication Technology (ICT) 
  Q2 & Q3 Household Financial Consumption Survey (HFCS)
  Q4 Omnibus Survey (including National Travel Survey)
2019 Q1 Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and Equality Survey
2019 Q2 & Q3 Health and Crime Survey (HCS)

Who uses these results?

The GHS results are of particular interest to:

  • Irish government departments
  • European Union bodies
  • researchers, writers and journalists

General information 


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