13% of Louth have disability

THIRTEEN per cent of the population in Louth has a disability, according to new statistics released by the Central Statistics Office.

THIRTEEN per cent of the population in Louth has a disability, according to new statistics released by the Central Statistics Office.

The newly released results revealed that a total of 15,932 persons, had a disability in April 2011. This compares with 13 per cent of the population for the State as a whole.

A total of 15,932 persons in Louth, accounting for 13% of the population of the county, had at least one disability in April 2011. Of these 7,829 (49.1per cent) were male while 8,103 (50.9per cent) were female.

The most common disability overall was a difficulty with pain, breathing or other chronic illness or condition which was experienced by 45.9 per cent of disabled people in the county; this was followed by a difficulty with basic physical activities, experienced by 43.5 per cent. 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.

Overall, 60 per cent of people in County Louth had very good health with a further 27.8 per cent indicating that their health was good. 2,060 people (1.7 per cent) indicated that they had bad or very bad health.

The census showed that a total of 4,948 persons or 4 per cent of the total population of County Louth were providing unpaid assistance to others in April 2011.

Of these carers 3,036 (61.4 per cent) were women and 1,912 (38.6 per cent) men. These carers provided a total of 166,270 hours of care per week.

It also showed that 95 children aged under 15 years were engaged in providing care to others.