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Fall in the birth rate says latest vital stats report

Author: Admin
Date: 1st March 2013

There has been a fall in the birth rate, according to new figures from the CSO.

The Vital Statistics report for the third quarter of 2012 showed that the number of births declined compared to the number of births from the corresponding quarter of 2011.

There were 17,985 live births in the third quarter of 2012, 1,237 fewer than the corresponding quarter of 2011.  

The 17,985 births represent an annual birth rate of 15.7 per 1,000 of the population, which is 1.1 per thousand lower than the third quarter of 2011.

The figures also showed that the number of children being born outside marriage continues to rise. There were 6,250 births registered as outside marriage/civil partnership in the third quarter of 2012, accounting for 34.8pc of all births, an increase of 0.8 percentage points on the third quarter of 2011 and an increase of 2.4 percentage points on quarter 3 2007.  

Just under 20pc (19.6pc) of all births were to unmarried parents living at the same address.

The highest percentage of births outside marriage was in Limerick city at 56pc, where 20pc of all births were to unmarried parents living at the same address.

Cork city, where 49pc of births were outside marriage, had the next highest percentage of births outside marriage, while in both Waterford city and Dublin city centre 46pc of children were born outside marriage.

The lowest percentage of births outside marriage/civil partnership was in Galway County at 22.1pc.

There 7,765 marriages in the third quarter of 2012.  In the third quarter of 2011, there were 7,538 marriages.

There were 104 civil partnerships registered in the third quarter of last year, a fall of nearly 50pc from the third quarter of 2011, when there were 200 civil partnerships.

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