Profile of people with disabilities in County Limerick

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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 Limerick

Limerick has a total population of 191,809 people.  14% of these, or 27,343 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Limerick population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Limerick population living with a disability
0-14 6%
15-24 8%
25-44 9%
45-64 19%
65+ 39%

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

Breakdown of population in Limerick
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 14% 27,343 people
People without a disability 86% 164,466 people

Breakdown of population in Limerick - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Limerick
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 2,398
15 – 24 2,188
25 – 44 5,327
45 – 64 8,276
65+ 9,154
Total 27,343

Types of disability in Limerick

Types of disability in Limerick 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 18,122
Intellectual Disability 9,007
Mental Health 4,501
Chronic Illness 12,652

Types of disability in Limerick - all info in previous table

Employment in Limerick

  • In Limerick, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 29% were at work.
  • This compares to 58% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Limerick

  • 20% of people with a disability in Limerick did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 5% of people without a disability.
  • 24% of people with a disability in Limerick ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 15% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 35% of people with a disability in Limerick advanced to further education, compared to 56% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Limerick, 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 20% 5%
Lower Secondary 24% 15%
Upper Secondary 21% 24%
Further Education 35% 56%

Education in Limerick - 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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