Disability Profile - Donegal

Issued on October 11 2018

Disability Profile: County Donegal[1]


14% of the population of Donegal, or 22,955 people have at least one disability.


Their age profile is:

0-14                  2,043

15 – 24              1734

25 – 44              5501

45 – 64              6463

65+                   7214

Type of Disability

People in Donegal reported having the following types of disabilities and conditions:

A difficulty with pain, breathing, or any other chronic illness or condition


Difficulties with basic physical activities


Learning difficulty


Deafness or serious hearing impairment


Mental health


Intellectual disability


Blindness or a serious vision impairment



In 2016, only 11% of people who have a disability were in education compared to 17% of the general population in Donegal.[3] For those whose education had finished:[4]

  • 42% did not progress beyond primary education compared to 22% of the general population.
  • Only 13% had completed upper secondary compared to 18% of the general population.
  • Only 10% had completed further education compared to 14% of the general population.
  • Only 16% had completed higher level education compared to 28% of the general population.


  • 18% of people who have a disability were at work compared to 47% of the general population.


  • 22% of people who have a disability did not have access to a car or van compared to 10% of the general population.


  • 13% of people who have a disability lived in social housing compared to 9% of the general population.[5]


[1] All statistics in this infographic are based on Census 2016 data from www.cso.ie.

[2] 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.

[3] % of total education ceased and not ceased, and for people aged 15 years and over.

[4] Data is for highest level of education completed for people with a disability whose education has ceased.

[5] People aged 15 years and over, who were renting from a Local Authority or a Voluntary Body.