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Date Published: Tue, 20 Oct 2015

The Statistical Yearbook of Ireland 2015 is published today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The Yearbook presents a statistical picture of Ireland and is compiled mainly from the data published by the CSO for the most recent full year (2014). The book is produced in electronic format only which makes it more interactive and provides easier access to more detailed data when it is required. The CSO would like to thank all who have contributed to this publication, particularly our data providers, whose cooperation is so vital to our work.

These are some of the statistics contained in our Yearbook. There are lots more where these came from.



  • There were 392 civil partnership ceremonies in 2014, 242 between males and 150 between females.
  • 3,829 children were born to mothers aged between 40 and 44.
  • According to 2015 population estimates there were almost twice as many females (43,800) as males (22,200) in the 85+ age group.
  • There were 33,500 more people in full-time employment in 2014 compared to 2013.



  • The annual increase in the number of houses granted planning permission was 10.4% while the number of apartments granted planning permission fell by 34.4%
  • In 2014 the volume of retail sales rose by 6.4% when compared to 2013.
  • Industrial Production increased by 22.9% in 2014.



  • Gross National Product (GNP) at constant prices increased by 6.9% between 2013 and 2014.
  • In 2014 there were 1.9 million credit cards in issue carrying an overall debt of €2.2 billion. This was 8.3% lower than in 2013.
  • Irish households owed €96.9 billion to Irish banks at the end of 2014. This was 10.02% lower than the €107.7 billion at the end of 2013.


Tourism & Transport

  • In 2014 26.4 million passengers passed through Ireland’s five main airports, an increase of 6.9% over the previous year.
  • €53.8m was spent by Irish residents on domestic travel to sporting events.
  • €852m was spent by Irish residents on domestic holidays.
  • The number of new private cars licensed was 29.5% higher than in 2013.


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For further information, contact:

Ken Kennedy (+353) 21 453 5036

or email

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