Birth Rate Up In First 3 Months Of 2008

There was almost a 10% jump in the number of babies born in Ireland during the first three months of this year, compared to 2007.

Figures released by the Central Statistics Office report 19,000 births during January, February and March.

According to statistics the average age of mothers during this quarter remained unchanged, with 31 representing the average age of the women giving birth.

Over 7,500 deaths occurred during the first quarter of 2008, generating an official death rate of 6.9 per 1,000 population.


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