Profile of people with disabilities in County Galway

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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 Galway

Galway has a total population of 250,653 people.  12% of these, or 30,175 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Galway population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Galway population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 7%
25-44 9%
45-64 15%
65+ 37%

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

Breakdown of population in Galway
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 12% 30,175 people
People without a disability 88% 220,478 people

Breakdown of population in Galway - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Galway
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 2,616
15 – 24 2,380
25 – 44 6,209
45 – 64 8,333
65+ 10,637
Total 30,175

Types of disability in Galway

Types of disability in Galway 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 19,668
Intellectual Disability 10,190
Mental Health 4,935
Chronic Illness 13,557

Types of disability in Galway - all info in previous table

Employment in Galway

  • In Galway, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 35% were at work.
  • This compares to 62% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Galway

  • 16% of people with a disability in Galway did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 3% of people without a disability.
  • 18% of people with a disability in Galway ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 11% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 46% of people with a disability in Galway advanced to further education, compared to 63% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Galway, 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 16% 3%
Lower Secondary 18% 11%
Upper Secondary 21% 22%
Further Education 46% 63%

Education in Galway - 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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