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Press Statement


19 April 2020

CSO launches new business survey in response to COVID-19 Crisis

The CSO has today (Sunday, 19 April 2020) launched a new survey to measure and report quickly on key features of how the COVID-19 crisis has affected business in Ireland. The survey is being sent to a sample of 3,000 businesses and the information is being collected between Monday 20 and Friday 24 April.

The companies selected will receive an email from the CSO and are asked to complete an online questionnaire which should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Commenting on the introduction of this new survey, Colin Hanley, Statistician, said:

''By completing the survey, businesses will be helping the CSO to produce important statistics on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis so far. This information matters, for the business community and for policy makers.  The survey asks how the COVID-19 crisis has affected your business and what steps you have taken as a result – e.g. in relation to the level of business, workforce and organisational changes, access to finance, and availing of Government support schemes.

Companies in the survey are asked to complete the online questionnaire between Monday 20 April and Friday 24 April. 

The CSO plans to publish the results of the survey within two weeks.“

All information collected in the survey is confidential and will be used only for statistical purposes. The results which the CSO will publish from the survey will be in aggregate form and will not identify any individual company.

Further waves of the survey will be collected on a fortnightly basis, to provide updated information.

For further information about this survey, your Data Protection rights and how your data is used, please see the contact information below.

For further information contact:

Colin Hanley / Eamonn Cleary, Business Statistics (+353) 21 453 5559

or email

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