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Press Statement


17 October 2019

Statistical Yearbook of Ireland 2019

In 2018, passengers travelling to and from the UK represented 35.8% of all passengers (13.0 million) on international flights travelling through main Irish airports.
  • Households emitted 21.9% of greenhouse gases in 2017, yet paid 58% or almost €3 billion of total environment taxes in 2018
  • The average weekly household disposable income in 2017 was €929.01 up 4.7% on the previous year, while the average weekly disposable income per individual was €478.78 up 5.5%
  • The county with the most new dwellings completed in 2018, with 6,907, was Dublin, with 4,884 scheme houses and a further 1,746 apartments. Leitrim (67) and Longford (66) both had less than 100 new dwellings completed
  • The USA is Ireland’s largest export partner, accounting for €39,268 million of goods in 2018, or 28% of total exports
  • The single largest supplier of imports in 2018 was Great Britain, from whom €18,424 million, or 20% of all goods, was imported
  • In 2018, 7.1% of new private cars licensed were electric/electric hybrid (8,567), an increase of 66.0% compared with 5,162 in 2017, while electric only new private cars licensed almost doubled to 1,222 in 2018 from 623 in 2017

Go to release: Statistical Yearbook of Ireland 2019

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (17 October 2019) published The Statistical Yearbook of Ireland 2019, to mark European Statistics Day on 20th October. The Yearbook presents a comprehensive picture of Ireland, based on statistics published by the Central Statistics Office throughout the year.

Highlights for Editors


How well do you know your county?

Census 2016 provides popular county infographics, which this year include a breakdown of the population by; Marital Status, Commuting, Nationality, Home Ownership, Health, and a Language other than English and Irish spoken at home.

Life events allows you to explore county level data on events such as; births, baby names, marriages, the average ages of brides and grooms and the numbers of deaths on an interactive map of Ireland. Compare the most popular baby names here to those in Appendix 1 – Northern Ireland, People and Society.


There were 1,838,100 persons in full-time employment by Quarter 2, 2019 while the corresponding number for part-time employment was 462,000.

During 2018 there were 4,050 days lost due to industrial disputes. This compares with 50,191 days lost in 2017 and 71,647 days lost in 2016.

General Medical Scheme (GMS) patients were treated by 3,005 GPs in 2017 compared to 2,413 GPs in 2013.

Dwellings built in 2015-2019 are considerably more energy efficient, with 97% given an "A" rating compared with 36% of dwellings built in 2010-2014 and 1% of those built in 2005-2009.

Over one third (34.1%) of persons who experienced discrimination in Q1 2019 cited Age as a ground for this discrimination, while 21.9% gave Race/Skin colour/Ethnic group/Nationality as a reason for this discrimination and 18.6% cited Gender.

Four in every ten (40.1%) persons aged 15 to 64 years had a third level qualification in 2019.

The percentage of people considered to be in ‘enforced deprivation’ in 2017, that is unable to afford two or more basics, was 18.8%.


In 2018, the volume of retail sales in almost every business sector showed an increase on 2017, with the volume of retail sales of Electrical goods increasing by 17.8% in 2018.

The number of new dwellings built in 2018 was 18,016, a 25.3% increase from the 14,373 in 2017.

In 2016, the business economy in Ireland was worth €702 billion and employed 1,543,927 persons across 288,761 enterprises.

Irish multinationals abroad had turnover in excess of €192 billion in 2016, with US and UK affiliates accounting for 58% of this. There were over 856,000 persons employed in Irish multinationals abroad, 36% of whom were in the US and the UK.

Just 7% of Boards of Directors of large enterprises in Ireland in 2019 had a female Chairperson, while the overall composition of Boards of Directors was 80% male and 20% female


In 2018, GDP increased by 8.2% in constant prices while GNP rose by 6.5%.

Belgium is the largest export market in the EU, accounting for €18,246 million of goods in 2018.

Imports from the USA were €16,962 million in 2018, an increase of €6,040 million, or 55% since 2015.

From 2008 to 2018, the national average price for unleaded petrol increased by 18.2%, from €1.21 to €1.43 per litre, peaking in 2012 at €1.63 per litre. the national average price for diesel increased by 6.3%, from €1.26 to €1.34 per litre, also peaking in 2012 at €1.56 per litre.

Average weekly earnings increased 3.5% to €757.21 in Q4 2018. Average weekly earnings of the main economic sectors ranged from a high of €1,168.50 in the Information and communication sector to a low of €354.96 in the Accommodation and food service activities sector.

Tourism and Transport

In 2018, 10.6 million overseas trips were made by non-residents to Ireland compared to 9.9 million trips in 2017, an increase of 6.9%.

Trips by residents of USA and Canada to Ireland increased by 13.4% to almost 2.4 million trips between 2017 and 2018.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland remained the main area of trade for Irish sea ports, accounting for two fifths (40.0%) of all goods handled in 2018, while the rest of the EU accounted for over one third (34.1%) of all maritime trade.

Agriculture and Fishing

The production of potatoes decreased by 34% or by 139,000 tonnes to 273,000 tonnes in 2018.

In 2018, Co. Cork had the largest number of dairy cows at 378,200 head while Co. Leitrim had the smallest number of dairy cows at 2,000 head.

The median price of land in Ireland in 2017 was €6,626 per acre based on 1,591 transactions. These transactions totalled a value of €161.1 million for 32,990 acres of agricultural land.

Fishing: Landings by Irish trawlers increased by 1.6% from 241,553 tonnes in 2016 to 245,482 tonnes in 2017. In 2017, the species for which the largest quantities landed by Irish vessels in Ireland were Atlantic Mackerel (74,238 tonnes), Blue Whiting (42,181 tonnes) and Horse Mackerel (22,808 tonnes)

Appendix 1 - Northern Ireland

Information provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) is included here. The tables have been put in the same categories as the CSO. So if you would like to see what the most popular baby names are in Northern Ireland, as well as information on population, migration, tourism, business, the economy and agriculture, you can find the information here. We would like to thank NISRA, for their co-operation and for the material supplied for this Statistical Yearbook.

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