Disability, Carers and Voluntary Activities


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

The number of persons with disabilities and their carers in communal establishments or private houses, classified by sex, age group, single year of age, marital status, type of disability, number of disability types, region and other geographic areas, principal economic status, socio economic group, social class, employment status, occupational group, nature of occupancy, nationality, birthplace, age when fulltime education ceased, level of education and qualifications, means of travel to work, school or college, status in family nucleus. Information is also provided on private households, persons living alone, amount of paid and unpaid work by carers. personal computer ownership, internet access, and motor car availability. Statistics are also provided on voluntary activity. Information is supplied in the Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) classified by Census Enumeration Areas, Dáil Constituencies, Electoral Divisions, Gaeltacht Areas, Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts, Local Electoral Areas, Towns, Urban and Rural areas of each county.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Census of Population.


Persons with disabilities and their carers.


Every 5 years

Reference period

A night in April of the relevant census year

Start date



About 19 months after the date of the census


  • Disability
    Blindness, deafness, or a severe vision or hearing impairment; A condition that substantially limits one or more basic physical activities; Difficulty in learning, remembering or concentrating; Difficulty in dressing, bathing or getting around inside the home; Difficulty in going outside the home alone; Difficulty in working or attending school/college; Learning or intellectual disability; Psychological or emotional condition; Difficulty in participating in other activities; Other, including chronic illness.
  • Economic status
    In labour force (At work; Looking for first regular job; Unemployed); Not in labour force; (Student; Looking after home, family; Retired; Unable to work due to permanent sickness or disability; Other).
  • Marital status
    Single; Married; Separated/divorced; Widowed.
  • Education level
    Primary (incl no formal education); Lower secondary; Upper secondary; Third level non-degree; Third level degree or higher; Not stated.
  • Occupational group (intermediate)
    Farming, fishing and forestry workers; Electrical trades workers; Engineering and allied trades workers; Textile, clothing and leather workers; Food, drink and tobacco production workers; Chemical, paper, wood, rubber, plastics and printing workers; Other manufacturing workers; Building and construction workers; Managers and executives; Communication, warehouse and transport workers; Clerical and office workers; Sales occupations; Business and commerce occupations; Computer software occupations; Scientific and technical occupations; Health and related workers; Social workers and related occupations; Religious occupations; Other professional workers; Personal service and childcare workers; Teachers; Central and local government workers; Garda Síochána; Army occupations; Other gainful occupations; Looking for first regular job.
  • Economic sector (broad)
    Agriculture, forestry and fishing; Manufacturing industries, mining, quarrying, turf production, electricity, gas and water supply; Construction; Wholesale and retail trade; Hotels and restaurants; Transport, storage and communications; Banking and financial services; Real estate, renting and business activities; Public administration and defence; Education; Health and social work; Other community, social and personal service activities; Not stated.
  • Employment status
    Employer or own account worker; Employee; Assisting relative.
  • Province
    Leinster; Munster; Connacht; Ulster (part).
  • Region (NUTS3)
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Midland; Mid-West; South-East; South-West; West.
  • County or City
    The 34 administrative counties.
  • Socio-economic group
    Employers and managers; Higher professional; Lower professional; Non-manual; Manual skilled; Semi-skilled; Unskilled; Own account workers; Farmers; Agricultural workers; All others gainfully occupied and unknown.
  • Social class
    Professional workers; Managerial and technical; Non-manual; Skilled manual; Semi-skilled; Unskilled; All others gainfully occupied and unknown.
  • Nationality
    Irish; Non-Irish (United Kingdom; EU15 excl Ireland and the UK; EU15 to U25 accession states; Other).
  • Third level qualification
    Degree or higher; Non-degree; Not stated.
  • Branch of third level qualification
    Education; Humanities and Arts; Social Sciences, Business, Law; Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematics and Statistics; Computing; Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction; Agriculture and Veterinary; Health; Social Services; Services; Not stated; Multiple subjects.
  • Accommodation
    Detached house; Semi-detached house; Terraced house; Flat or apartment in a purpose-built block; Flat or apartment in a converted house or commercial building; Bed sit; Not stated.
  • Housing occupancy
    Owner occupied with loan or mortgage; Owner occupied without loan or mortgage; Being purchased from a local authority; Rented from a local authority; Rented from a voluntary body; Private rented unfurnished; Private rented furnished or part furnished; Occupied free of rent; Not stated.
  • Nature of communal establishment
    Hospital; Nursing home/Children's home; Educational establishment; Religious community; Defence establishment; Prison; Shelter or Refuge (including accommodation for homeless persons); Hotel; Boarding house, Guest house or B&B; Tourist/Youth hostel or campsite; Civilian ships, boats or barges; Other.
  • Voluntary activity
    Helping or voluntary work with a social or charitable organisation; Helping or voluntary work with a religious group or church; Helping or voluntary work with a sporting organisation; Helping or voluntary work with a political or cultural organisation; Any other voluntary activity.
  • Travel means
    On foot; Bicycle; Bus; minibus or coach; Train, DART or LUAS; Motor cycle or scooter; Motor car (Driver; Passenger); Lorry or van; Other means; Not stated.


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