Census 2016 suggests use of Irish language in Donegal is declining

Census 2016 suggests use of Irish language in Donegal is declining

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today published the penultimate Census 2016 report, Profile 10 - Education, Skills and the Irish Language.

Education levels have sharply risen over the last 25 years, with 42pc of the population having a third-level qualification compared with 13.6pc in 1991.

When it comes to the gender breakdown in educational qualifications, the figures show that 43.2 per cent of women held a third-level qualification compared with 40.7 per cent of men.

At over 61 percent the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area has the lightest level of education - the lowest is in Longford and Wexford at 32.5 percent.

Galway City came in second with 55.2pc, while Dublin City and Fingal came in joint-third with 48.7pc of their populations completing third-level.

"It examines and analyses changes in these areas, as well as the relationships between the level of education completed and employment and economic status".

The overall average age of completion of full-time education in 2016, among the population aged 15 and over, has increased to 19.9 years compared with 19.1 years in 2011. Those with a qualification in education have the lowest unemployment rate, at 3%.

The number of people with a doctorate (Ph.D.) increased by 23 (30.3%) to 99. More females (968,777) than males (792,643) stated that they could speak Irish.

Of the 39.8% of people who said they could speak Irish, nearly one in four (23.8%) indicated that they never spoke it.

418,420 of the population have never spoken Irish and the county with the largest population of Irish speakers in Clare. A further 31.7% said that they only spoke it within the education system. Fewer than one in 50 speak Irish on a daily basis.

The 1,177 people who spoke Irish daily outside of the education system in Louth, was 20 more than in 2011 (+1.7%).

The popularity of the language is growing in Haggardstown however where there were 78 daily Irish speakers, up from 65 during Census 2011.

When it came to Irish, nearly 40 percent said they are able to speak the language, however only 4 percent spoke it daily.

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