Disability Profile - Galway City

Issued on October 11 2018

Disability Profile: Galway City[1]


13% of the population of Galway City, or 10,133 people have at least one disability.


Their age profile is:

0-14                  754

15 – 24              1390

25 – 44              2516

45 – 64              2678

65+                   2795

Type of Disability

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

Difficulties with basic physical activities


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


Mental health


Learning difficulty


Deafness or serious hearing impairment


Intellectual disability


Blindness or a serious vision impairment



In 2016, only 21% of people who have a disability were in education compared to 27% of the general population in Galway City.[3] For those whose education had finished[4]:

  • 23% did not progress beyond primary education compared to 19% of the general population.
  • Only 17% had completed upper secondary compared to 17% of the general population.
  • Only 14% had completed further education compared to 14% of the general population.
  • Only 31% had completed higher level education compared to 50% of the general population.


  • 26% of people who have a disability were at work compared to 53% of the general population.


  • 32% of people who have a disability did not have access to a car or van compared to 20% of the general population.


  • 19% of people who have a disability lived in social housing compared to 12% of the general population.[5]


[1] All statistics in this infographic are based on data from www.cso.ie, along with special tabulations requested by DFI. 

[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.