Fewer children born but number of twins soars
on 05/10/2013 00:00:00
The figures also show that one third of all births in Ireland took place outside of marriage and that the fertility rate in 2011 decreased slightly compared to that for the previous year.
The figures outline continuing demographic changes in Ireland. In terms of the most basic figure, the natural increase - or births minus deaths - in 2011 was 45,577, a fall of almost 3.5% on the 2010 figure.
There were 74,033 children born in Ireland in 2011, with 37,898 males and 36,135 females, a decrease of 1,141 births, or 1.5%, on 2010.
There were 28,456 deaths in 2011, an increase of 495 on the figure for the previous year, meaning an annual death rate of 6.2 per 1,000 of the population.
In 2011, the fertility rate for Ireland was 2.02, slightly lower than the rate of 2.06 in 2010.
The figures also showed that the average age of first-time mothers in 2011 was 31.8 years, while 29,210 births - or 39.5% of all births in 2011 - were to first-time mothers.
More specifically, there were 26,764 babies born to women aged 30 to 34, the highest number of all five-year age-groups, and representing over a third of all births (36.2%).
More than 34% of births in 2011 involved women aged under 30 years - 10 years ago, the comparable figure was 44.2% of births.
Births to women under the age of 20 fell to just 2.3% - 1,690 - the lowest since 1963
The data also showed that more than three quarters of all births two years ago involved mothers of Irish nationality, while 10.8% of births involved women from EU-27 (excluding EU-15) countries.
The figures show that 1,307 sets of twins, 27 sets of triplets, and one set of quadruplets were born in 2011.
There were 25,091 births outside marriage or civil partnership - a third of all births - while the highest percentage of births outside marriage/ civil partnership occurred in Limerick City at 48.8%.
The area with the lowest percentage was Galway County at 25.2%.
At the other end of the life scale, the data showed there were 9,236 deaths attributed to diseases of the circulatory system - almost a third of all deaths in 2011 - while 8,871 deaths that year were attributed to cancers. Deaths from diseases of the respiratory system in 2011 accounted for 3,438 deaths.
There were 554 deaths due to intentional self- harm in 2011 - more than 80% of which involved men - and deaths from suicide accounted for almost 2% of all deaths that occurred in 2011.