Rates of children born with disabilities consistently higher in eight counties between 2011 and 2016

This is according to data from the Economic and Social Research Institute.

The number of children born with disabilities was above the national average in Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, and Westmeath.

Co-Author of the report Professor Seamus McGuiness says more research is needed to find out why rates vary from county-to-county:

“It’s slightly lower than expected levels given the population distribution in counties such as Clare and Leitrim. Now there’s no, we have no real explanation, as to why that happens or why those exist and that would be a matter for further research, but these spatial variations at county level are certainly there.”


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