Baby boom waning as age of new mothers increases
THE baby boom is waning with a 6pc drop in births, new figures show.
Some 17,985 babies were born in the third quarter of 2012, over 1,200 fewer than the previous year, a new report from the Central Statistics Office shows.
This means the birth rate has fallen from 16.8 per 1,000 people in 2011 to 15.7 in 2012.
However despite the drop-off, there's still 13pc more babies being born than was the case a decade ago. And new mothers continue to get older as they were 32 on average in 2012, nearly a year older than the average age back in 2007.
The number of births outside marriage has increased to 35pc of the total, but over half of these were to parents living at the same address.
There were 104 civil partnerships registered in the period, but there were no births at all recorded to people in civil partnerships in the period analysed, the CSO said.
Fingal in north Dublin has the highest birth rate in the country with over 21 births per 1,000 people compared with less than 13 in Monaghan, Mayo, Cork and south Tipperary.
Fewer people died in the period and the death rate for people aged 65 and over has fallen by 18pc since 2003 to 38.3 per 1,000. Circulatory disease was the leading cause of death followed by cancer, respiratory disease and external causes such as suicide and accidents.