LIMERICK city continues to have the highest rate of births outside marriage according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.
According to the latest Vital Statistics figures, 119 (52%) of the 231 births recorded in the city during January, February and March of this year were born to mothers who were not married at the time.
However, in more than a third (40%) of those cases the mother stated that she and the child’s father were living at the same address in the city.
Of the babies registered by women living in County Limerick, 182 of the 609 (30%) were born to unmarried mothers.
This figure is lower than the national average and represents a slight decrease compared to the previous quarter.
According to the Central Statistics Office, mothers from the city who gave birth during the first quarter of this year were also amongst the youngest in the country.
The average age was 29.4 compared to 31.9 in the county.
The figures also show that 11 woman from the city and 1 from the county were aged under 20 when they gave birth between January and March this year.
In the city, the highest number of births (74) was recorded amongst women aged between 30 and 34.
For women living in county Limerick, the highest number of births (242) was within the same age group.
According to the figures, there were a total of 38 babies born to women from Limerick who were aged over 40 at the time they gave birth.