Profile of people with disabilities in County Meath

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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 Meath

Meath has a total population of 184,135 people.  11% of these, or 19,669 people, have a disability.5

Percentage of Meath population living with a disability by age group
Age Group Percentage of Meath population living with a disability
0-14 5%
15-24 7%
25-44 7%
45-64 14%
65+ 36%

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

Breakdown of population in Meath
Breakdown % Numbers of individuals
People with a disability 11% 19,669 people
People without a disability 89% 164,466 people

Breakdown of population in Meath - all info in previous table

Age profile of people with a disability in Meath
Age range Numbers of Individuals
0 – 14 2,270
15 – 24 1,450
25 – 44 4,523
45 – 64 5,605
65+ 5,821
Total 19,669

Types of disability in Meath

Types of disability in Meath 6
Type of disability Numbers of Individuals
Physical & Sensory 11,913
Intellectual Disability 6,442
Mental Health 3,153
Chronic Illness 9,048

Types of disability in Meath - all info in previous table

Employment in Meath

  • In Meath, of the number of people with a disability of working age, only 37% were at work.
  • This compares to 64% of people without a disability who were at work in the county.7

Education in Meath

  • 14% of people with a disability in Meath did not progress beyond primary education.  This compares to 4% of people without a disability.
  • 22% of people with a disability in Meath ceased education at lower secondary level.  Just 15% of people without a disability left education at this level.
  • Only 42% of people with a disability in Meath advanced to further education, compared to 57% of people without a disability
The highest level of education completed by people aged 15-49 in Meath, 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 14% 4%
Lower Secondary 22% 15%
Upper Secondary 22% 25%
Further Education 42% 57%

Education in Meath - 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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