CSO reveals that Longford has lowest rate of third-level education completion

Elias Hubbard
November 23, 2017

Census 2016 found that just over 37% of people over the age of three in Donegal could speak Irish, slightly below the national figure of nearly 40%.

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

In April 2016, 1,761,420 persons (aged 3 and over) stated that they could speak Irish, 39.8% of the population.

In Kilkenny, where there are few third-level options and no regional university, people are also shown to finish their education younger than elsewhere.

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.

"It examines and analyses changes in these areas, as well as the relationships between the level of education completed and employment and economic status".

Females accounted for nearly 61% of all graduates, with males comprising just over 39%.

The figures show that 42,047 of the county's population were Irish speakers, which accounted for 34.1% of those living here. This was a decline of 3,382 (4.4%) on 2011. In all, 60.6% of all 20 year olds in family units were students in 2016.

60.8% of third-level graduates in Leitrim were female
Just over 40% hold third-level qualifications - Census 2016

Both Longford and Wexford were tied as the areas with the lowest level of people who completed third-level education, at 32.5pc a piece.

7,931 people spoke Irish daily outside of the education system past year, down 13% on the 2011 figure. This represents 20.2% of all daily speakers.

Cork, Galway and Limerick combined had 6,304 daily speakers.

Unsurprisingly, Galway County recorded the highest percentages of people able to speak Irish at 49%, followed by Clare (45.9%), Cork County (44.9%) and Mayo (43.9%).

The Census found that 65% of those aged 20 whose two parents had completed secondary school were full-time students.

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

When it came to Irish, nearly 40 percent said they are able to speak the language, however only 4 percent spoke it daily.

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