Tuesday 12 December 2017

Number of babies born to Irish teens fall by almost a half, new CSO figures

Babies born to teen mums are down by 44 pc since 2009
Babies born to teen mums are down by 44 pc since 2009

David Kearns

Teenage births have fallen to their lowest figures since 2009, according to new census figures.

Just over 1,250 children were born to teenage mothers in 2014, a decrease of 44 pc over the last five years.

The Central Statistics Office reported the changes in birth rates, which shows that Irish women seem to be waiting longer now to have children.

According to the CSO’s latest figures, the number of babies born to women over the age of 45 has raised 34 pc since 2009.

This accounts for some 3,829 births in Ireland.

The ‘Yearbook’ snapshot for 2014 shows that more than a third of all Irish children born last year were born outside of marriage.

Other findings from the statistics show there were 392 civil partnership ceremonies last year - 242 between men and 150 between women.

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