Births at Highest Rate Since Records Began

Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, September 23, 2011

There was a 7.6 per cent rise in the number of births registered in the Republic during the first three months of 2011, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.

Overall, 19,950 births were officially registered in the first quarter, the highest number since records began in 1960.

Of the births recorded, 10,221 were boys and 9,729 girls.

The annual birth rate stood at 17.8 per 1,000 population at the end of the first quarter, compared to 16.6 for the same period a year earlier and 15.6 per 1,000 population in the first quarter of 2002.

Some 40.3 per cent of all births recorded in the period January to March were to first-time mothers.

The average age of mothers giving birth was 31.7 years, up 0.3 years on the same quarter last year. The average age of first-time mothers was 29.7 years.

Of the 19,950 births registered in the first quarter, there were 6,768 births registered as outside marriage. This accounted for 34 per cent of all births.

There were 7,651 deaths registered in the first three months of 2011, an increase of 1.2 per cent compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

The death rate stood at 6.8 per 1,000 population, the same rate as in the corresponding quarter in 2010.

There were 67 infant deaths registered in the first quarter, giving an infant mortality rate of 3.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. Some 58 neonatal deaths were recorded.

Some 6,089 deaths involving people aged 65 and over were noted, giving an annual death rate of 47.8 per 1,000 population aged 65 and over.

More than one-third of all deaths in the quarter were attributed to circulatory disease, while 28 per cent were due to cancers, 13 per cent to respiratory diseases and 5 per cent to external causes.

Among young adults aged between 15 years and 34 years, external causes of death including accidents, suicide and others ranked first.

Ninety-five suicides were reported, while a further 263 deaths were attributed to accidents or other external causes.

The natural increase in the population (births minus deaths) for the first quarter was 12,299. This represents a rate of 11.0 per 1,000 population, 1.2 above the same three-month period in 2010.

There were 3,052 marriages registered in the period January to March, 329 fewer than the same quarter a year earlier.

The estimated population in April 2010 was 4,470,700.

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  • Kingoldby

    Don’t be conned.

    A lot of those births are to immigrant mothers, not Irish mothers.

  • Murph
  • Anglokraut

    Are these babies Irish, or Nigerian?

  • Anonymous

    Well, Ireland saved Western Civilization once, after the fall of Rome, and kept the collected knowledge alive during the Dark Ages, so maybe this tiny Nation is again doing what it can to restore the West.

  • Doug

    A couple of years ago, newspapers reported that a fifth of the births in Ireland were to African mothers. At that time Ireland gave citizenship to all babies born in Ireland. So a high birth rate may not be as good as it looks.

  • Anonymous

    Ireland has a solid birth rates. And its Irish not African. May be immigrants are helping with this a little bit but huge majority of immigrants in Ireland are Polish and other EEs and not Africans.

  • Deniz

    Non-Irish doesn’t mean non-white. I guess a large percentage is Polish or Lithuanian/Latvian etc…

  • M.A.

    Both good and bad here.The birth rate amongst native Irish is low but many white births are to Eastern European women:The more the better I say.

    Births to African women are distressingly high;this may soon taper off when budget cuts hit our outrageously generous child benefits.

    On a positive note,I know a white South African woman with 7 sons.She is pregnant again and insists she won’t stop until she has a daughter!

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  • Anonymous

    If they are Irish or at least European babies great. But are they?

  • Anonymous

    Figures from the report.

    Nationality Number % of total

    Ireland 15, 498 77.7%.

    United Kingdom 436 2.2%

    Other EU15 277 1.4%

    Accession states 2,068 10.4%

    Other 1541 7.7%

    Not stated 130 0.7%

  • john

    This piece would appear to give the term “black Irishman” a whole new meaning.

  • Anonymous

    Nigerians are now referred to as Irish so you can’t believe any reports from Ireland. Same con game as in the US

  • John Engelman

    More people mean less of everything good to go around. The relationship between population and the standard of living can be explained by the following equation:

    (natural resources x level of technology) / population = standard of living.

    Even when the population and the standard of living rise at the same time, the standard of living would rise more if the population was not rising.

  • Brendan

    Nationality Number % of total

    Ireland 15, 498 77.7%.

    United Kingdom 436 2.2%

    Other EU15 277 1.4%

    Accession states 2,068 10.4%

    Other 1541 7.7%

    Not stated 130 0.7%

    My sister said when she was in Ireland, that she saw a lot of Eastern Europeans there. My guess is that “Accession states” can be used as a proxy for Eastern Europeans, and “Other” for Africans. And even with the Eastern European mothers, a lot of the babies still undoubtedly had Irish fathers.

    Now, 7.7% Africans and other nonwhites is way too much! After all, they were the reason Ireland ended birthright citizenship in the first place. But, it would seem that the births are still about 90% white.

  • Anonymous

    Readers here might gain some insight on the immigration perspective over there by reading a sight called, Hail Ireland.com .

  • white is right, black is whack

    I hope these babies are white babies, please!