Wednesday 24 May 2017

State of the nation: 10 things you need to know about how we live in Ireland today

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Our first same-sex marriages, ever-falling numbers of babies being born and many people not using the internet - these are just some of the revelations from the CSO's latest publication.

In its 'Statistical Yearbook of Ireland 2016', several interesting statistics were released.

Here are some of the most eye-catching.

People

1. Same-sex couples accounted for 91 marriages in 2015, bringing the total number of marriages for that year to 22,116.

2. Some 65,909 births were registered in 2015, indicating a further reduction in the number of births in Ireland.

3. The population in Ireland increased by 169,724 in 2016. 17 per cent of the Irish population has never used the internet.

4. There were 121,110 private cars licenced in 2015. This is the highest number since 2008.

Crime

5. There were 62 recorded homicides in 2015, which is the lowest in 13 years.

6. There were 75,786 recorded burglaries and related offences.

Economy

7. 1,884,000 credit cards were in use, carrying an overall debt of €1.96bn.

8. €45,074 was the average full-time earnings for employees.

Housing

9. There was 2,002,895 permanent dwellings or housing units in Ireland. 61,204 units were classified as vacant holiday homes.

Travel

10. There were 29.7m passengers passing through Ireland's five main airports.

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