Birth rate marginally down for first quarter of 2010

Birth rate marginally down for first quarter of 2010

There were 18,535 births registered in the first quarter of the year - a fall of over 1% on the same time in 2009.

Figures from the Central Statistics office show that 34% - or over 6,300 - of the births were registered as outside of marriage.

During January, February and March there were 7,563 deaths, a decrease of 10.2% on the corresponding time last year.

Meanwhile there were 3,381 marriages recorded in the first quarter of 2010 - 69 less than the same period the previous year.


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