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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Birth rates in Ireland continue to fall this year – CSO

According to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), birth rates in Ireland continue to fall this year by 21.5% from 2009.

The vital statistics annual report for 2019 shows almost two in five births were outside marriage or civil partnerships.

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Since the year 2009, which is so far the peak year of births for this century, the number of births to teenage mothers has fallen by 61.8% from 858 to 2,249.

In 2019, there were 59,294 live births in Ireland which is down 2.8% compared to 2018, with the average age of mothers being 33.1.

The CSO also revealed that the twinning rate over the past 20 years has increased significantly from 13.7 per 1,000 maternities in 1999 to 19.0 per 1,000 maternities in 2016.

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The twinning rate for the year 2019 was 18.2 per 1,000 maternities. January 29th saw the highest number of births in a single day in 2019, standing at 230.

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