|Births outside marriage||18,800||19,300|
|Births outside marriage to teenage mothers||2,700||2,600|
Marriages and births increase again
There were 20,300 marriages registered in 2003. This is a rise of 300 from the 2002 figure and is the highest figure in 20 years.
There were 61,500 births registered in 2003, an increase of 1,000 on the 2002 figure, the highest they have been in 15 years. Ireland's births figures are reaching the long-term replacement level for the first time in a decade.
These figures are contained in the Central Statistics Office's Vital Statistics, Fourth Quarter and Yearly Summary report 2003.
A total of 24,400 births (40%) were to first time mothers in 2003, the highest in the history of data collection for the 5th successive year. Second time mothers had 19,500 births (32%), another all time high for the 3rd successive year. On the other hand, only 28% of mothers already had two or more liveborn children, reflecting the trend towards smaller family sizes. See page 29 of the report.
Over 31% of births in 2003 (or 19,300) were outside marriage. A total of 2,800 teenagers had babies in 2003; 58 of these were aged under 16. Over a quarter of births outside marriage were to women aged 30 years and over. See page 28 of report.
Causes of Death
The report also shows that 28,800 deaths were registered in 2003, a decrease of 500 on the 2002 figure. This corresponds to a rate of 7.2 persons per 1,000 population. This is the 4th year in a row where deaths have decreased.
See Table 8, page 34 of report.
Breaking down the total deaths reveals that:
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12 May 2004
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