Over 4,000 unpaid carers in Kilkenny

There were 4,055 unpaid carers living in Kilkenny at the time of the last census, in April 2011.

There were 4,055 unpaid carers living in Kilkenny at the time of the last census, in April 2011.

Carers were grouped according to the number of hours of work they did per week, for which they did not receive pay.

At the lower end of the scale, 1,772 people in Kilkenny did one to 14 hours of regular unpaid care per week.

At the higher end, there were 881 carers in the county providing unpaid help for 43 hours or more each week.

In total, across Ireland, over 187,000 people are providing unpaid assistance to others – some 4.1% of the population.

The share of carers in rural areas, at 43.2%, is greater than the rural share of the population (38%) while there are proportionally fewer carers in urban areas (56.8%) compared with its share of the population.

The full report is available on the CSO website at www.cso.ie/census along with all the data which is available in a range of interactive web tables, allowing users to build their own tables by selecting the data they are interested in and downloading it in an easy to use format for their own analysis.

“This report provides an overview of the health of the Irish people in 2011, particularly those who suffer a disability, and the people who care for family and friends in poor health or with a disability,” said Deirdre Cullen, senior statistician at the CSO.

“The report contains yet more analysis and results from Census 2011 on these important themes including new information on the general health of the population which was asked for the first time in an Irish census in 2011.”