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Ireland's fertility rate is below what's needed to sustain our population

It’s also still falling.

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NEW FIGURES FROM the CSO show that Ireland’s fertility rate is below the rate general considered necessary to sustain population levels.

The Vital Statistics report uses data from 2012, when there was 71,674 children born, up 18% compared to 2002.

However, mothers were generally older – 33.2% were under 30 in 2012, compared to 43.4% in 2002.

While the number of births has increased, Ireland’s fertility rate has fallen by 0.03 to 1.99.

“A value of 2.1 is generally considered to be the level at which the population would replace itself in the long run, ignoring migration,” the CSO said.

At the opposite end of life, the death rate is also up, 6.4 compared to 6.2 in 2011.

Almost a third of all deaths were attributed to diseases relating to the circulatory system, and 30.1% were cancers.

In 2012, 541 people took their own life – and 82.3% were male.

The infant mortality has fallen to 3.3 deaths per every 1,000 births.

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