Disability Profile - Galway County

Issued on October 11 2018

Disability Profile: Galway County[1]


13% of the population of Galway County, or 22,523 people have at least one disability.


Their age profile is:

0-14                  2,052

15 – 24              1,620

25 – 44              3,798

45 – 64              6,241

65+                   8,812

Type of Disability

People in Galway County 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


Learning difficulty


Mental health


Deafness or serious hearing impairment


Intellectual disability


Blindness or a serious vision impairment



In 2016, only 11% of people who have a disability were in education compared to 16% of the general population in Galway County.[3] For those whose education had finished:[4]

  • 36% did not progress beyond primary education compared to 15% of the general population.
  • Only 16% had completed upper secondary compared to 20% of the general population.
  • Only 12% had completed further education compared to 16% of the general population.
  • Only 19% had completed higher level education compared to 35% of the general population.


  • 22% of people who have a disability were at work compared to 54% of the general population.


  • 17% of people who have a disability did not have access to a car or van compared to 6% of the general population.


  • 9% of people who have a disability lived in social housing compared to 5% 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.