THERE was a huge spike in the number of people travelling in and out of Ireland in July.
According to figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), 227,300 people visited Ireland from overseas throughout the month, while 275,400 people left the country.
This is in stark contrast to just 57,100 arrivals and 73,900 departures in June.
July saw the publication of Ireland's official 'green list', which noted the countries Irish citizens were able to travel to without having to quarantine upon their return.
The majority of people coming into Ireland came from Great Britain (97,100), Spain (23,000) and France (13,200).
The majority of people leaving Ireland travelled to Great Britain (82,800), Spain (38,500) and Poland (23,800).
Despite the dramatic increase in the past month, July 2020’s figures pale in comparison to July 2019’s which saw 2,225,900 arrivals and 2,183,900 departures.
For 2020 alone, 3,414,000 persons have arrived in Ireland from overseas and 3,448,700 persons have departed — a decrease of 70.5% compared to the same period in 2019.