27/08/2008

Third Of Irish Births Outside Marriage

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show a third of Irish babies were born outside marriage last year.

The statistics revealed by the CSO detail the death and birth patterns for the whole Sate. According to the figures, over two in five births in 2007 were to first time mothers, with 33% of births outside marriage.

Just over half of all these births were to cohabiting parents.

Despite the high level of extra-marital births, there were 703 more marriages in 2007 than in the previous year.

The statistics also revealed fertility rates among Irish women are now at their highest for 16 years, but more surprisingly was an 8% annual increase in fertility among women aged 30 to 34, and a huge 11% annual increase in fertility among women aged 35 to 39.

This has meant the life-time fertility rate for the average Irish woman last year was 2.03 children, which is up from 1.9 children the previous year and is the first time since 1991 that the rate has been higher than two children per couple.

On a more morbid note, there were 28,050 deaths in 2007, with over six deaths per 1,000 people.

Over three in every four deaths were from either diseases of the circulatory system, cancer, or diseases of the respiratory system.

There were 9,931 deaths due to circulatory diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, while 7,844 deaths were due to cancer, and 3,541 due to respiratory diseases.

(DW)


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