Today the CSO begin their release of the detailed results (schedule) from last April’s Census with the publication of This is Ireland (Part 1). There is lots of information in the volume and here is just one table that reflects a point made in the press release.
I couldn’t see the equivalent 1996 numbers in a quick search and the category on “Being purchased from a Local Authority” was not used in the 2011 Census so the “Rented from Local Authority” figure is presumably the sum of earlier categories. The “Rented from a Voluntary/Cooperative Body” first appeared in the 2006 Census and the initial number seems high.
As the press release highlights the big change is in the number of households renting which increased from 300,000 to almost 475,000 over five years. It can also be seen that around 35% of households have a mortgage. There were 290,000 vacant units on Census night.