Profile of people with disabilities in County Cork

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Almost 600,000 people in Ireland have a disability: here are some national facts and figures

  • 595,355 people reported having a disability in 2011; that’s 13% of the population of Ireland. 1
  • Of people aged 15 and over with a disability, 21% were at work.  This compares to 50% for the overall population aged 15 and over who were at work.2
  • 16% of people with disabilities aged 15-49 had completed no higher than primary level education, compared with 5% for the general population in this age group.3
  • 15% of people who have a chronic illness or health problem are at risk of poverty.4

Focus on County Cork

Cork has a total population of 519,032 people.  13% of these, or 68,372 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Cork population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Cork population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 8%
25-44 8%
45-64 15%
65+ 36%

Percentage of Cork population living with a disability by age group  - all info in previous table

Breakdown of population in Cork
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 13% 68,372 people
People without a disability 87% 450,660 people

Breakdown of population in Cork - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Cork
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 6,275
15 – 24 5,113
25 – 44 13,654
45 – 64 20,132
65+ 23,198
Total 68,372

Types of disability in Cork

Types of disability in Cork 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 45,028
Intellectual Disability 22,607
Mental Health 11,194
Chronic Illness 30,523

Types of disability in Cork - all info in previous table

Employment in Cork

  • In Cork, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 33% were at work.
  • This compares to 63% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Cork

  • 14% of people with a disability in Cork did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 3% of people without a disability.
  • 23% of people with a disability in Cork ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 13% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 43% of people with a disability in Cork advanced to further education, compared to 61% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Cork, both with and without a disability, whose education has now ceased 8
Qualifications % of People with a Disability % of People without a Disability
No qualifications beyond Primary 14% 3%
Lower Secondary 23% 13%
Upper Secondary 21% 23%
Further Education 43% 61%

Education in Cork - all info in previous table

Sources

  1. Census 2011
  2. Census 2011, Profile 8 – Our Bill of Health
  3. Census 2011, Profile 8 – Our Bill of Health
  4.  A Social Portrait of People with Disabilities in Ireland (2011). Economic and Social Research Institute.
  5.  All calculations are formulated from Census 2011 information.                                                                                                                         
  6. The figure for Intellectual Disability includes intellectual disability and a difficulty with learning, remembering or concentrating.  Physical and sensory includes blindness or serious vision impairment, deafness or serious hearing impairment, and a difficulty with basic physical activities.
  7. These calculations are based on persons with and without a disability of working age (15-64), and total number of people with and without a disability at work.
  8. No qualifications beyond primary includes no formal education and primary education.  Further education includes technical and vocational, advanced certificate, completed apprenticeships, higher certificates, Ordinary and Honours degrees, postgraduates and Ph.Ds.

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