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Table 7.1 Divorce and Judicial Separation applications to the Circuit Court by county, 20151
    number 
Region and CountyDivorce applicationsJudicial Separation applicationsDivorces granted per 1,000 population
ReceivedGrantedReceivedGranted
Border23724490420.6
Cavan6449215 
Donegal8082277 
Leitrim182863 
Monaghan2637249 
Sligo49481218 
Midland23017673290.6
Laois,64481910 
Longford262283 
Offaly6340219 
Westmeath7766257 
West397142137220.3
Galway26133983 
Mayo100822610 
Roscommon3627139 
Dublin1,5521,2354402830.9
Mid-East4573872031850.6
Kildare141115103130 
Louth1001024823 
Meath1151163721 
Wicklow101541511 
Mid-West418345137800.7
Clare104713423 
Limerick1721565733 
Tipperary1421184624 
South-East407267101330.6
Carlow68521410 
Kilkenny7850318 
Waterford11889327 
Wexford14376248 
South-West5924682031150.7
Cork48137616687 
Kerry111923728 
Total4,2903,2641,3847890.7
Source: CSO Vital Statistics
1 There were 25 Divorces and 38 Judicial Separations granted by the High Court in 2015.
  • In 2015 there were 4,290 applications received for divorce in the Circuit Courts in Ireland and 3,264 were granted.
  • In 2015, the divorce rate in Ireland was 0.7 per 1,000 population for divorces granted.
  • The divorce rate was lowest in the West at 0.3 per 1,000 population. The rate in Dublin was three times higher than in the West at 0.9 per 1,000 population.
  • The counties with the fewest number of divorces granted were Longford (22), Roscommon (27) and Leitrim (28).
  • About 38% of all divorces granted in 2015 were in Dublin.
This table was updated on 4 March 2019 to correct an error in the original calculations.
Table 7.2 Referendum results to repeal the 8th amendment by constituency, 2018
 number%number%
Region and constituencyElectorate% TurnoutValid pollVotes in favour% In favour
Border306,45760183,96999,35954.0
Cavan-Monaghan91,6026357,90432,11555.5
Donegal118,9015767,65032,55948.1
Sligo-Leitrim95,9546158,41534,68559.4
Midland219,64562135,17479,88959.1
Laois63,8606239,49624,23261.4
Longford-Westmeath89,6655952,98930,87658.3
Offaly66,1206542,68924,78158.1
West331,89262206,359124,91160.5
Galway East69,6316344,07126,52560.2
Galway West107,7266064,32842,42265.9
Mayo91,3776256,57432,28757.1
Roscommon-Galway63,1586641,38623,67757.2
Dublin875,75666574,189433,25575.5
Dublin Bay North108,2097277,32757,75474.7
Dublin Bay South78,8925543,21733,91978.5
Dublin Central48,0025224,65318,86376.5
Dublin Fingal95,9267067,36351,84077.0
Dublin Mid-West71,5586748,03035,19273.3
Dublin North-West62,2706338,96628,47773.1
Dublin Rathdown64,8877045,37434,52976.1
Dublin South-Central76,9146045,73134,20174.8
Dublin South-West106,5886972,94354,64274.9
Dublin West67,1386845,38933,59574.0
Dun Laoghaire95,3726965,19650,24377.1
Mid-East487,42966321,956225,45270.0
Kildare North85,5876454,45740,05873.6
Kildare South63,1906138,64627,30770.7
Louth106,1846669,76246,42966.6
Meath East67,7556644,33830,68669.2
Meath West65,6516341,19326,34364.0
Wicklow99,0627473,56054,62974.3
Mid-West342,19963215,856133,67661.9
Clare83,2256453,40734,32864.3
Limerick City77,8366248,11032,16966.9
Limerick County67,5926242,09224,44858.1
Tipperary113,5466472,24742,73159.1
South-East306,30564195,945131,16266.9
Carlow-Kilkenny112,7046269,62944,21163.5
Waterford83,1076453,31237,01669.4
Wexford110,4946673,00449,93568.4
South-West497,87365320,165202,27763.2
Cork East85,6436454,49134,94164.1
Cork North-Central84,4126252,54733,63964.0
Cork North-West68,8306645,24827,19460.1
Cork South-Central87,5246758,20940,07168.8
Cork South-West60,3566740,53426,14764.5
Kerry111,1086269,13640,28558.3
Total3,367,556642,153,6131,429,98166.4
Source: Referendum Commission
  • The turnout in the referendum on repealing the 8th amendment was 64.1% and varied from a low of 60.2% in the Border region to a high of 66.2% in the Mid-East.
  • At county level, the highest turnout was in Wicklow (74.5%), Dublin Bay North (71.6%) and Dublin Fingal (70.4%) while the lowest turnout was in Dublin Central (51.5%), Dublin Bay South (54.9%) and Donegal (57.1%).
  • Three-quarters of the votes were in favour in Dublin (75.5%) while in the Border region just over half of the votes were favour (54%).
  • A majority of the votes were in favour of repealing the 8th amendment in all constituencies with the exception of Donegal where 48.1% were in favour.
  • The highest votes in favour were in Dublin Bay South (78.5%), Dún Laoghaire (77.1%) and Dublin Fingal (77%).
Table 7.3 Effect of anti-social behaviour on persons aged 18 and over, 2015
      %
CountyVery big problemFairly big problemNot a very big problemNot a problem at allNot statedTotal
Border1629631100
Midland2834570100
West1517770100
Dublin 41438431100
Mid-East31137491100
Mid-West1933570100
South-East2731601100
South-West3829590100
State3932551100
Source: QNHS Crime and victimisation module
  • More than half (55%) of Irish people aged 18 and over believe that anti-social behaviour is not a problem at all while a further 32% believe that it is not a very big problem.
  • The West region had the highest proportion of people aged 18 and over who said that anti-social behaviour was not a problem at all at 77% while Dublin had the lowest at 43%.
  • People from Dublin were three times more likely to say that anti-social behaviour was a very big or fairly big problem than people in the West. Only 6% of people from the West said anti-social behaviour was a very big or fairly big problem compared with 18% of people from Dublin.
Table 7.4 Private households with a PC, 2016
  
County%
Border63.2
Cavan64.5
Donegal61.0
Leitrim64.3
Monaghan63.9
Sligo66.0
Midland64.4
Laois65.3
Longford62.5
Offaly62.8
Westmeath65.8
West66.6
Galway city69.8
Galway county67.7
Mayo64.6
Roscommon64.3
Dublin 72.0
Dublin city65.8
South Dublin73.0
Fingal77.7
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown80.9
Mid-East71.6
Kildare73.8
Louth65.4
Meath72.3
Wicklow73.2
Mid-West64.9
Clare67.4
Limerick64.8
Tipperary63.2
South-East66.2
Carlow64.7
Kilkenny67.4
Waterford66.9
Wexford65.4
South-West67.8
Cork city61.7
Cork county70.9
Kerry64.9
State68.4
Source: Census of Population
  • Nationally, more than two out of three (68.4%) of households had a PC in 2016.
  • The Border region had the lowest proportion of households with a PC at 63.2%, compared with 72% of households in Dublin.
  • At county level, just 61% of households in Donegal had a PC in 2016, compared with 80.9% of households in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Private households with a PC
Border63.2
Midland64.4
West66.6
Dublin72
Mid-East71.6
Mid-West64.9
South-East66.2
South-West67.8
Table 7.5 Private households with broadband access, 2016
  number%
Region and countyPrivate householdsPrivate households with broadband access
TotalWith broadband access
Border143,88890,26662.7
Cavan26,80617,06163.6
Donegal58,30536,12762.0
Leitrim12,4047,19258.0
Monaghan21,61213,61963.0
Sligo24,76116,26765.7
Midland102,95864,77362.9
Laois28,99718,96065.4
Longford15,0928,88758.9
Offaly27,18416,41260.4
Westmeath31,68520,51464.7
West164,263105,86664.4
Galway city28,82722,36777.6
Galway county62,72939,39662.8
Mayo48,74529,77461.1
Roscommon23,96214,32959.8
Dublin 479,159383,62580.1
Dublin city211,591157,00574.2
South Dublin92,39376,95083.3
Fingal96,60782,09585.0
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown78,56867,57586.0
Mid-East231,577172,94974.7
Kildare73,34857,08677.8
Louth45,36332,09570.8
Meath63,86146,85173.4
Wicklow49,00536,91775.3
Mid-West173,441110,34463.6
Clare43,34827,94164.5
Limerick71,02246,59065.6
Tipperary59,07135,81360.6
South-East152,669100,88066.1
Carlow20,46513,53966.2
Kilkenny34,74322,73965.4
Waterford43,45529,80168.6
Wexford54,00634,80164.4
South-West249,710171,36468.6
Cork city49,37034,24069.4
Cork county146,052103,76171.0
Kerry54,28833,36361.5
State1,697,6651,200,06770.7
Source: Census of Population
  • Seven out of every ten private households (70.7%) in Ireland had broadband access in 2016. This varied from 62.7% of households in the Border region to 80.1% in Dublin.
  • The counties with the lowest rates of broadband access were Leitrim (58%), Longford (58.9%) and Roscommon (59.8%).
  • The three counties with the highest rates of broadband access were all in the Dublin region - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (86%), Fingal (85%) and South Dublin (83.3%).
  • There is a difference of 28 percentage points between Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown which has the highest broadband access at 86% and Leitrim which has the lowest at 58%.

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