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Teen birth rate falls to 3pc

TEENAGE pregnancy in Ireland has dropped to levels not seen since the 1960s.

There were 2,043 births to mothers under the age of 20 during 2010, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) said in its latest report. The figure represents less than 3pc of all babies born that year – the lowest recorded since 1966.

Births to teenage mothers reached a peak in 1999 – at 6.2pc of all newborns.

The CSO also reveals the number of births during 2010 dipped slightly for the first time in five years. Despite the drop – down to 75,174 babies from 75,554 in 2009 – it remained the second-highest in Ireland since 1896.

There were 27,961 deaths in Ireland during the same year.

Irish Independent