15,000 apply for 5,000 census jobs
More than three times as many people applied for 5,000 jobs to carry out this year's census, it has emerged.
The Central Statistics Office revealed it has begun interviewing 15,773 people to fill the enumerator positions across the country.
The 2011 Census takes place on Sunday, April 10.
Deirdre Cullen, from the CSO, said there was an overwhelming response to the recruitment process, with the quota of applicants reached in less than 48 hours.
"All those who applied online for the positions of census enumerator will be interviewed, she said.
"Over 440 census field supervisors will conduct the interviews nationwide over the coming weeks. We hope to have notified all successful applicants by the end of February."
The most recent 2006 Census showed more than 4.2 million people were living in the Republic.
The application process opened on January 6 and automatically closed when it reached the quota of 15,000.
However, officials had to reopen the process a week later because it needed more candidates for parts of Donegal, Kerry, west Cork, west Galway and Leitrim.
Successful applicants will begin their contracts on March 8 and work for approximately 10 weeks for an average 2,200 euro for 22 hours' work a week.