Profile of people with disabilities in County Dublin

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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 Dublin

Dublin has a total population of 1,273,069 people.  13% of these, or 164,339 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Dublin population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Dublin population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 8%
25-44 8%
45-64 17%
65+ 39%

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

Breakdown of population in Dublin
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 13% 164,339 people
People without a disability 87% 1,108,730 people

Breakdown of population in Dublin - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Dublin
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 13,433
15 – 24 13,111
25 – 44 36,309
45 – 64 47,214
65+ 54,272
Total 164,339

Types of disability in Dublin

Types of disability in Dublin 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 103,109
Intellectual Disability 51,984
Mental Health 28,688
Chronic Illness 77,813

Types of disability in Dublin - all info in previous table

Employment in Dublin

  • In Dublin, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 36% were at work.
  • This compares to 64% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Dublin

  • 15% of people with a disability in Dublin did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 4% of people without a disability.
  • 21% of people with a disability in Dublin ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 12% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 44% of people with a disability in Dublin advanced to further education, compared to 64% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Dublin, 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 15% 4%
Lower Secondary 21% 12%
Upper Secondary 20% 21%
Further Education 44% 64%

Education in Dublin - 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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