Profile of people with disabilities in County Leitrim

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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 Leitrim

Leitrim has a total population of 31,798 people.  13% of these, or 4,289 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Leitrim population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Leitrim population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 6%
25-44 8%
45-64 16%
65+ 37%

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

Breakdown of population in Leitrim
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 13% 4,289 people
People without a disability 87% 27,509 people

Breakdown of population in Leitrim - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Leitrim
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 371
15 – 24 210
25 – 44 675
45 – 64 1,315
65+ 1,718
Total 4,289

Types of disability in Leitrim

Types of disability in Leitrim 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 3,003
Intellectual Disability 1,228
Mental Health 638
Chronic Illness

1,928

Types of disability in Leitrim - all info in previous table

Employment in Leitrim

  • In Leitrim, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 32% were at work.
  • This compares to 63% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Leitrim

  • 13% of people with a disability in Leitrim did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 4% of people without a disability.
  • 21% of people with a disability in Leitrim ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 14% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 42% of people with a disability in Leitrim advanced to further education, compared to 59% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Leitrim, 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 13% 4%
Lower Secondary 21% 14%
Upper Secondary 24% 23%
Further Education 42% 59%

Education in Leitrim - 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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