Suicide among top causes of death in young adults

External causes of death, including suicide and accidents, were the leading cause of death among young adults in the first three months of this year.

There were 8,609 deaths in the first quarter; 4,339 were male and 4,270 were female.

According to the latest quarterly vital statistics from the CSO, there were 8,537 male births and 7,943 female births recorded in the same period.

Figures, however, showed the main causes of death for people in Ireland varied widely depending on age.

Among young adults aged 15 to 34, external causes of death including accidents, suicide, and others ranked first with 56 deaths recorded.

Among individuals aged 35-74, cancers were the leading cause while for those 75 and older, it was diseases of the heart and arteries.

There were 63 infant deaths registered giving an infant mortality rate of 3.8 per 1,000 live births.

There were 277 deaths due to accidents, suicides, and other external causes. Accidents accounted for 61.7% (171) of deaths while suicides accounted for 32.9% (91). Of those 277 deaths, almost two thirds (65%) were male.

Diseases of the circulatory system accounted for 2,657 deaths. Of those, 1,241 were due to ischaemic heart disease and 544 to cerebrovascular disease.

There were 2,356 deaths from malignant neoplasms. Deaths from pneumonia numbered 350; chronic lower respiratory disease accounted for 593 deaths; and 310 deaths resulted from other respiratory diseases.

Meanwhile, there were 186 same-sex marriages registered in the first three months. It was equivalent to an annual marriage rate of 3.1 per 1,000 population — the same rate as the corresponding quarter of 2015.

Civil partnership legislation was introduced in Ireland on January 1, 2011. From November 16 last year when same-sex marriages legislation came into effect, same-sex couples no longer had the option to apply for a civil partnership.

However, couples who had given the required three months’ notice of a civil partnership prior to that date were still entitled to have a civil partnership ceremony.

The number of civil partnerships registered between January and March was seven — 71 fewer than the same period in 2015.

The highest number of births registered, meanwhile, was in Dublin City with 1,933 — 11.7% of total live births in the country. Cork County had the second highest with 1,454 (8.8%. Leitrim had the lowest number with 108 (0.7%).

A total of 6,245 births (37.9%) were to first-time mothers, while there were 5,806 births (35.2%) to second-time mothers.

The average age of first-time mothers was 30.8, while the average age of first-time mothers outside marriage/civil partnership was 28.4. The average age of all mothers outside marriage/civil partnership was 29.9.

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