News from Ireland: Marriages Up, Births Down
in Latest Irish Statistics
By Irish America Staff
August / September 2000
Marriage is on the increase in Ireland but birth rates are falling, according to a report by the Central Statistics Office. Almost 19,000 couples exchanged vows in 1999 (up 1,700 on the previous year), while the birth rate dropped for the first time in four years. Almost half of last year’s births were to first-time mothers, while 30 percent were to single women.
In other statistics, road traffic accidents continued to be the single biggest killer in the 15-24 age group, while suicide accounted for 24 percent of deaths in the same age group. Over 20 percent of all deaths resulted from heart disease, while cancer accounted for 24 percent. ♦