Irish community strengthens

After long-term decline, the Jewish community in Ireland has grown by almost 30 per cent in five years.

According to the 2016 Irish census, 2,557 Jews now live in Ireland, with more than half in Dublin.

It represents a 28.9 per cent increase since the last census was taken, the Irish Times reports.

The growth has been attributed to the influx of young Jewish professionals working with high-tech U.S. multinational companies, such as Apple, which have invested heavily in the country.

The Irish Jewish community was believed to be in terminal decline, after reaching a high of about 4,000 in 1946. The 2016 figure is the highest since 1971.

Maurice Cohen, the chairman of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, said: “We’re getting to a stage now where the new wave of incoming Jewish migrants may outnumber the traditional population, which have been here for so long.”

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