DFI Infographic IRELAND
Issued on March 4 2019
Disability Profile: Ireland
13.5% of the population of Ireland, or 643,131 people have at least one disability.
Their age profile is:
15 – 24 53,465
25 – 44 123,638
45 – 64 182,554
Type of Disability
A difficulty with pain, breathing, or any other chronic illness or condition
Difficulties with basic physical activities
Deafness or serious hearing impairment
Blindness or a serious vision impairment
- 31% did not progress beyond primary education compared to 13% of the general population.
- Only 16% had completed upper secondary compared to 20% of the general population.
- Only 13% had completed further education compared to 16% of the general population.
- Only 20% had completed higher level education compared to 36% of the general population.
- 22% of people who have a disability were at work compared to 53% of the general population.
- 24% of people who have a disability did not have access to a car or van compared to 12% of the general population.
- 15% of people who have a disability lived in social housing compared to 9% of the general population.
 Primary and less includes no formal education, further education includes vocational/technical certificate and advanced certificate/ completed apprenticeship, higher education includes Higher Certificate, Ordinary/Honours Bachelor, Postgraduate Diploma/Degree, and Doctorate. Data based on special tabulation from CSO and Statbank.
 % of total education ceased and not ceased and for people aged 15 years and over.
 Data is for highest level of education completed for people with a disability whose education has ceased.
People aged 15 years and over, who were renting from a Local Authority or a Voluntary Body.