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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Less than four per cent of population in region are carers

Published 06/11/2012|10:09

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WITH THE relatively low figures recorded in the latest Census for disability and health problems in Fingal, it is not surprising that the county has the lowest number of people identifying themselves as 'carers'.

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The highest proportion of carers recorded in these newly released Census figures was in County Mayo, where five per cent of people were involved in providing unpaid care. The proportion of carers to the overall population was also high in counties Sligo (4.8 per cent), Roscommon (4.7 per cent) and Kerry (4.7 per cent). The lowest proportion of carers were in counties Kildare and Fingal with 3.4 per cent of the population involved in providing care, followed by Galway city (3.5 per cent), Meath and South Dublin (both 3.6 per cent). The share of carers in rural areas at 43.2 per cent is greater than the rural share of the population (38 per cent) while there are proportionally fewer carers in urban areas (56.8 per cent) compared with its share of the overall population.

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