Profile of people with disabilities in County Donegal

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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 Donegal

Donegal has a total population of 161,137 people.  14% of these, or 22,646 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Donegal population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Donegal population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 8%
25-44 9%
45-64 17%
65+ 40%

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

Breakdown of population in Donegal
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 14% 22,646 people
People without a disability 86% 138,491 people

Breakdown of population in Donegal - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Donegal
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 2,005
15 – 24 1,522
25 – 44 4,078
45 – 64 6,496
65+ 8,545
Total 22,646

Types of disability in Donegal

Types of disability in Donegal 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 16,008
Intellectual Disability 7,175
Mental Health 3,126
Chronic Illness 10,304

Types of disability in Donegal - all info in previous table

Employment in Donegal

  • In Donegal, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 28% were at work.
  • This compares to 55% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Donegal

  • 23% of people with a disability in Donegal did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 9% of people without a disability.
  • 25% of people with a disability in Donegal ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 20% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 34% of people with a disability in Donegal advanced to further education, compared to 49% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Donegal, 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 23% 9%
Lower Secondary 25% 20%
Upper Secondary 19% 22%
Further Education 34% 49%

Education in Donegal - 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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