Census 2016

60.8% of third-level graduates in Leitrim were female

Education, Skills and the Irish Language

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60.8% of third-level graduates in Leitrim were female

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today published the penultimate Census 2016 report, Profile 10 - Education, Skills and the Irish Language.

The publication presents details on the education and skills of the Irish population along with information on the Irish language.

It shows that 42.0% (1,216,945) of the population aged 15 and over had a third level qualification in 2016 and that 1.76 million people aged three and over indicated that they could speak Irish.

Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician, commented: “This report shows continuing declines in the numbers of early school leavers and increases in the numbers with third level qualifications. It examines and analyses changes in these areas, as well as the relationships between the level of education completed and employment and economic status. Profile 10 also looks at our use of the national language, including our ability to speak Irish, as well as where and how often the language is spoken.”

Leitrim highlights from Profile 10 Education, Skills and the Irish Language

Education and Skills Among those aged 15 and over and who had completed their education, the average age of completion was 19.6 years, an increase of 0.9 years on 2011. The average completion age at national level was 19.9 years.

In Leitrim, 3,178 people (15.7%) indicated that they had completed their education at primary level/had no formal education, while 3,473 (17.1%) did so at lower secondary level and 5,957 (29.4%) did so at upper secondary level. The respective percentages in 2011 were 18.5%, 18.7% and 30.2%.

Of those aged 15 and over in the county in April 2016, some 7,643 (37.7%) had a third-level qualification. Females accounted for 60.8% of all graduates, with males comprising 39.2%.

Among females, 3,060 (30.1%) had a third-level degree compared with 2,605 in 2011.

Among males, 1,976 (19.6%) had a third-level degree compared with 1,721 in 2011.

The number of people with a doctorate (Ph.D.) increased by 23 (30.3%) to 99.

Irish Language In April 2016, of those aged 3 and over in the county, 12,300 people stated that they could speak Irish, a decrease on the 12,644 who stated they could do so in 2011.

They comprised 40.0% of the county’s population, compared with 41.7% in 2011. Nationally, 39.8% of those aged 3 and over indicated that they could speak Irish.

The 323 people who spoke Irish daily outside of the education system was just 1 fewer than in 2011 (-0.3%). They comprised 1.0% of the population aged 3 and over, compared with 1.7% at national level.