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Longford is one of the most popular living locations for non-Irish citizens

Oct 27, 2023 13:02 By Shannonside News
Longford is one of the most popular living locations for non-Irish citizens
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Fine Gael Councillor Paul Ross said towns like Ballymahon and Edgeworthstown have long proved popular among those arriving in Ireland.

A local councillor has said non-Irish citizens are choosing to live in Longford due to high employment and lower house prices.

Fine Gael Councillor Paul Ross said towns like Ballymahon and Edgeworthstown have long proved popular among those arriving in Ireland.

He was speaking following the recent publication of CSO figures, which show that more than one in ten people described themselves as non-Irish in last year's census.

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Locally, 31 per cent of those surveyed in Edgeworthstown and one third of those who took part in Ballymahon described themselves as non-Irish.

Ten per cent of those living in Ballymahon at the time of the Census were Polish while eight per cent were Brazilian.

Among the 31 per cent on non-Irish nationals in Edgeworthstown, 118 were Latvian, 109 Polish, and 90 Lithuanian.

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Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show, Cllr Ross said jobs in local businesses as well as lower house prices make Longford an attractive location for those arriving in Ireland:

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