Profile of people with disabilities in County Kilkenny

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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 Kilkenny

Kilkenny has a total population of 95,419 people.  13% of these, or 11,939 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Kilkenny population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Kilkenny population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 7%
25-44 8%
45-64 15%
65+ 37%

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

Breakdown of population in Kilkenny
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 13% 11,939 people
People without a disability 87% 83,480 people

Breakdown of population in Kilkenny - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Kilkenny
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 1,103
15 – 24 832
25 – 44 2,209
45 – 64 3,486
65+ 4,309
Total 11,939

Types of disability in Kilkenny

Types of disability in Kilkenny 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 7,932
Intellectual Disability 4,138
Mental Health 1,795
Chronic Illness 5,490

Types of disability in Kilkenny - all info in previous table

Employment in Kilkenny

  • In Kilkenny, 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 Kilkenny

  • 18% of people with a disability in Kilkenny did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 3% of people without a disability.
  • 22% of people with a disability in Kilkenny ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 15% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 40% of people with a disability in Kilkenny advanced to further education, compared to 58% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Kilkenny, 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 18% 3%
Lower Secondary 22% 15%
Upper Secondary 20% 23%
Further Education 40% 58%

Education in Kilkenny - 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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