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13 things we learned from the CSO's new 'quality of life' data

The CSO has published a wide-ranging document, covering everything from household waste to penalty points.

Which county in Ireland is likely to have the most schoolbags in one room?
Which county in Ireland is likely to have the most schoolbags in one room?
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WHICH IRISH COUNTY has the most drivers with penalty points? Which county has the quietest schools, and where are you most likely to find a person with a disability?

All of those questions have been answered by a new document published by the Central Statistics Office today.

The ‘Regional Quality of Life in Ireland’ survey compiles statistics on crime, motoring, education and a range of other fields.

The full document is here and is an interesting one to flick through, but we’ve picked out 13 statistical nuggets that we found interesting.

  • Perhaps surprisingly, Longford has one of the highest proportions of non-Irish people among its population. It’s alongside Dublin City, Fingal and Galway City as the only areas where non-Irish nationals make up over 14 per cent of the population.
  • Longford has the lowest broadband penetration in the country, at 51.3 per cent of all homes; Leitrim and Tipperary are just behind, while Fingal is top
  • You’re over nine times more likely to be the victim of a hijacking if you live in Dublin than in the western region, and twice as likely to be victim of a burglary
  • You’re more likely to be convicted of a public order offence if you live in the southern region
  • You’re more likely to be found guilty of attempted murder if you live in the northern region
  • Drivers in Kildare and Meath are the most likely to have penalty points. 23.1 per cent of Kildare drivers and 23.0 of Meath’s have points on their licence. On the other hand, only 13.1 per cent of Mayo drivers have points on their licence.
  • Cork City has the highest proportion of people with a disability. 17.7 per cent of the residents of Leeside are registered as having a disability, while only 10.2 per cent of the people of Fingal are similarly classified.
  • People in the Kildare-Meath-Wicklow band are those most likely to have private health insurance (and no medical card); people in the northern border counties are those most likely to have neither health insurance nor a medical card.
  • The west has the highest proportion of 15 to 24-year-olds in full-time education, at 69.9 per cent; the national average is 66.9 per cent.
  • Primary school class sizes are bigger in Fingal than anywhere else; the average class in Fingal has 26.5 pupils in a class, five more than Roscommon where the average class has 21.5 pupils. Roscommon’s schools are also the smallest, with an average of 76.6 pupils per school.
  • Ireland’s smallest county, Louth, has the largest secondary schools. The average secondary school there has 686.8 pupils, while Leitrim’s have an average of 302.4.
  • Galway City and North Tipperary were the only areas in the country where all public drinking water schemes complied with all the statutory quality requirements in 2011.
  • Wicklow has the fewest kerbside bin collections, with only 8.2 per cent of the county’s homes serviced by such a service.

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Gavan Reilly

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