Fall in pregnant teens in Ireland
Published 03/11/2011 | 05:00
Teen pregnancy in Ireland has fallen by 35% in the last decade -- from 3,087 in 2001 to 2,019 last year.
Meanwhile, the age of teen mums is on the rise -- with just seven girls under 15 giving birth in 2005, compared to 10 in 2000 and 13 in 1980.
Today, the majority of teen mums are aged 18-19 according to the CSO.
Ireland's teenage fertility rate has changed little in the last four decades -- teetering at around the 16% mark.
A survey by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency found that 92% of Irish adults agree with sex education for young people on sexual intercourse, sexual feelings, contraception and homosexuality.