The Statistical Yearbook of
Ireland 2010 (pdf) is published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) - -
the first World Statistics Day, designated by the United Nations to celebrate
the importance of official statistics in our society.
The Yearbook presents a
comprehensive picture of Ireland by providing detailed information, tables and
graphs across a wide range of topics. These include the population, births,
deaths, labour force, education, health, crime, the economy, agriculture,
industry, construction, services, prices, earnings, housing, transport, tourism,
and the environment.
- The 2006 population census enumerated 4.240m people, an increase
of 8.2% on the 2002 census. In the three years to 2009, the population rose
by a further 5.2% to 4.459m.
- The number of births has risen fairly steadily since 2001. In 2009 there
were 74,278 births, and a third of these were outside marriage. As there
were only 28,898 deaths, the natural increase, the excess of births over
deaths, in 2009 was 45,380.
- The total number of cohabiting couples, by far the fastest-growing type
of family unit, rose from 77,600 in 2002 to 121,800 in 2006.
- The most popular babies’ names in 2009 were Jack and Sophie.
- Employment fell from 2.1m in 2008 to 1.9m in 2009, the
first major fall in 16 years.
- The number of unemployed people more than doubled between 2008 and 2009.
There were 264,600 people unemployed in 2009, compared with 126,700 in 2008
and a low of 69,400 in 2001.
- A third of am days were lost due to industrial disputes in 2009,
compared to only 4,000 in 2008. The 2009 figure was the highest in 25 years.
- In the 4th quarter of 2009, average weekly earnings were €716, down 0.6%
on a year earlier. As average hourly earnings increased by 0.9%, the drop in
weekly earnings was driven by a drop in hours worked.
Economy and Finance
- GNP (at constant prices) fell 10.7% in 2009. This followed a fall of
3.5% in 2008.
- National Debt as a percentage of GDP fell consistently from 87.7% in
1990 to a low of 19.8% in 2007. But it rose to 28.0% in 2008 and to 47.1% in
- The Consumer Price Index fell by 4.5% in 2009 following a rise of 4.1%
the year before.
- Exports fell from €92.7bn in 2001 to €83.5bn in 2009. Over the same
period, imports fell from €57.4bn to €44.8bn.
Social Conditions, Health and Education
- Social welfare expenditure amounted to 15.6% of Gross national income in
2009. Ten years previously it was 8.2%.
- 30,110 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2008, 15% higher than in 2005.
- At age 20, 63% of females and 48% of males were in full-time education
Building and Construction
- Between 2008 and 2009, the volume of production in building and
construction fell by 37%, and the volume of production in residential
building fell by 58%.
- The number of planning permissions granted for new dwellings fell by 41%
to 10,380 between 2008 and 2009.
Services and Distribution
- Retail sales fell by 14% in volume and 18% in value in 2009.
- The volume of Motor Trade decreased by 43% in 2009, the largest annual
decrease since records began.
- In the 10 years to 2009, farm input prices rose by 51.1%, but output
prices rose by only 9.6%.
- The total area farmed in 2009 was 4.2m hectares. Of this, pasture
accounted for a half and silage for a quarter.
- The remainder consisted of rough grazing (11%), crops, fruit and
horticulture (10%) and hay (5%).
- In June 2009 there were 6.7m cattle, 4.8m sheep and 1.5m pigs.
Tourism and Transport
- Overseas visits to Ireland fell by 11.6% to 6,927,000 in 2009 compared
to 2008. Total spending by these visitors was down by 19% to €3,109m.
- Irish residents made 7,047,000 trips abroad in 2009, 10% fewer than in
2008. Total expenditure (excluding fares) fell by 11% to €6,148m.
- There were 63% fewer new private cars licensed for the first time in
2009 compared to 2008.