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Births, Deaths and Marriages in 2013


The CSO today released the Vital Statistics, Fourth Quarter and Yearly Summary 2013 report.


Some of the key points for 2013 highlighted in the report are as follows:




  • There were 68,930 births registered in 2013 with 35,272 males and 33,658 females, a decrease of 3,295 births on 2012. The 2013 total is 11.7 % higher than in 2004 when 61,684 births were registered.


  • In 2013 the fertility rate for Ireland was 1.96 which is lower than the rate of 2.01 in 2012. The fertility rate represents the projected number of children a woman would have if she experienced current age specific fertility rates while progressing from age 15-49 years. A value of 2.1 is generally considered to be the level at which the population would replace itself in the long run, ignoring migration.


  • The average age of mothers for births registered in 2013 was 32.1 years. Almost two in five (37.9%) births in 2013 were to first time mothers where the average age was 30.2 years. Over a third (35.4%) of births in 2013 were outside marriage with 57.2% of the births outside marriage to cohabiting parents.


  • There were 1,381 (or 2.0% of total) births to mothers aged under 20 years in 2013. This represents a significant fall in the number of teenagers giving birth over a ten year period if compared to 2004 when 2,560 (or 4.2% of total) babies were born to teenage mothers.


  • Births to mothers of Irish nationality accounted for over three-quarters (76.6%) of the births in 2013. A further 2.4% of births were to mothers of UK nationality, with 1.6% born to mothers from EU15 countries excluding Ireland and the UK. Over 11.7% of births were born to mothers from the EU28 excluding EU 15 states and 7.0% to mothers from non EU countries. The remaining 0.8% of births did not state a nationality for the mother.




  • There were 30,018 deaths registered in 2013, an increase of 1,170 on the 2012 figure. This represents an annual death rate of 6.5 per 1,000 of the population (compared with 6.3 for 2012). Deaths exceeded 30,000 most recently in 2000 when there were 31,115 deaths registered (annual death rate of 8.2 per 1,000 of the population).


  • There were 228 infant deaths registered in 2013 giving an infant mortality rate of 3.3 deaths per 1,000 live births. Neonatal deaths are deaths of infants at ages under 4 weeks. There were 164 neonatal deaths registered in 2013, a neonatal mortality rate of 2.4 deaths per 1,000 live births.


  • Almost 3 in 4 deaths were from either diseases of the circulatory system (32.2%), malignant neoplasm (29.4%), or diseases of the respiratory system (11.9%). Deaths due to accidents, suicide and other external causes accounted for a further 5% of all deaths in 2013.


  • There were 475 suicides registered in 2013 or 10 per 100,000 of the population compared with 507 suicides registered in 2012. Figures for 2013 shows a decrease (of 4% from 413 to 396) in male suicides from 2012. Males accounted for over 83% of all suicide deaths in 2013.


Natural Increase


  • The natural increase (births minus deaths) in 2013 was 38,912, while it was 43,377 in 2012.


Marriages\Civil Partnerships


  • There were 21,770 marriages registered in 2013 which was 1,057 more than in 2012. The marriage rate in 2013 was 4.7 per 1,000 of population versus 4.5 in 2012.



Vital Statistics Fourth Quarter and Yearly Summary 2013 is available free of charge on our website.



For further information, contact Carol Anne Hennessy on 021 453 5307 or Marie Crowley 021 453 5016.



Central Statistics Office                                                         30th May 2014


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