Donegal carers younger than 15

Donegal has a higher proportion of people with a disability than the country as a whole, according to figures released on Friday by the Central Statistics Office.

Donegal has a higher proportion of people with a disability than the country as a whole, according to figures released on Friday by the Central Statistics Office.

According to the CSO figures, a total of 22,646 people in County Donegal, or 14.1 per cent of the population, had a disability in April 2011, when the census was compiled. This compared with 13 per cent of the population of the State as a whole.

The CSO’s most recent publication was a profile of the health of the Irish population, focusing in detail on disability and carers who provide unpaid assistance.

The CSO figures also showed that 4.5 per cent of Donegal people are carers, compared to 4.1 per cent in the state overall. Of Donegal’s carers, just over 39 percent are male and nearly 61 per cent are female.

The census figures also showed that 170 Donegal carers are younger than 15.

The full report is available on the CSO website, www.cso.ie/census.