The Central Statistics Office has released the latest publication in its series of Census 2011 results, showing that a total of 4,289 persons, accounting for 13.5% of the population in County Leitrim, had a disability in April 2011.
The publication, “Profile 8 Our Bill of Health – Health, Disability and Carers in Ireland”, presents a profile of the health of the Irish population, focusing in detail on disability and carers who provide unpaid assistance.
More men than women were found to have a disability in 2011.
The most common disability overall was a difficulty with basic physical activities which was experienced by 45% of disabled people in the county; this was followed by a difficulty with pain, breathing or other chronic illness or condition, also experienced by 45%. Both disabilities were strongly age-related.
A question on general health was introduced for the first time in Census 2011 and asked respondents to rate their general health in one of five categories from very good to very bad. Self-perceived health provides a well validated and widely used measure of actual health, despite its subjective nature.
Overall, 57% of people in County Leitrim had very good health with a further 29.7% indicating that their health was good. But this percentage is less than the State and Connacht average. 60.3% of people nationally said they were in good health. 449 people in the county (1.4%) indicated that they had bad or very bad health.
The census showed that a total of 1,459 persons or 4.6% of the total population of Leitrim were providing unpaid assistance to others in April 2011. For the population of Leitrim the number of carers was higher than the state average. Of these carers 832 (57%) were women and 627 (43%) men. These carers provided a total of 46,017 hours of care per week.
It also showed that 36 children aged under 15 years were engaged in providing care to others, accounting for 2.5% per cent of all carers in the county.
The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census along with all the data which is available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables by selecting the data they are interested in and downloading it in an easy to use format for their own analysis.