LIMERICK city continues to have the highest rate of births outside of marriage according to new figures just published by the Central Statistics Office.
According to the latest Vital Statistics figures, 100 (58%) of the 173 births recorded in the city during July, August and September last of year were born to mothers who were stated they were not married at the time.
However, in just over a third (36%) of those cases the mother said she and the child’s father were living at the same address in the city.
Of the babies born to women living in County Limerick, 211 of the 618 (34%) were born to unmarried mothers.
This figure is on a par with the national average but represents a slight increase when compared to the previous quarter of 2010.
Of the 211 unmarried women just under half (105) stated they were living at the same address as the child’s father.
According to the Central Statistics Office, mothers from the city who gave birth during the third quarter of last year were amongst the youngest in the country.
The average age was 29.1 compared to 31.1 in the county.
The figures also show that 12 woman from the city and 19 from the county were aged under 20 when they gave birth between July and September last year.
In the city, the highest number of births (50) was recorded amongst women aged between 25 and 29 whereas in the county the highest number (212) was within the 30-34 age group.
There were a total of 33 babies born to women from Limerick who were aged over 40 at the time they gave birth.
The latest Vital Statistics figures also show that Limerick city has the lowest birth rate in the country at just 11 births per 1000 head of population.
The birth rate in County Limerick is 18.9 and the national rate is 17.2.