Leser, C. E. V. 'Recent demographic developments in Ireland'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXI, Part III, 1964/1965, pp179-209
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXI, Part III, 1964/1965
Seen from the demographic point of view, Ireland is well known to
possess a number of unusual features m comparison with other countries
of the Western world. The effect on natural population increase of a high
average age at marriage, together with a high proportion of men and
women who never marry at all, was offset by a large family size for married
couples, the natural population increase in turn was offset by a high
emigration rate, resulting until recent years m a steady decline m population
In the light
also of the results of the 1961 Population Census, it seems worthwhile to
reassess the demographic position and prospects. All that is attempted is to study some of the salient features of
the current position m the fields of deaths, marriages, births, labour force and migration. Comparisons are made with earlier dates, though no attempt is made to go back further than 1926,which is the year of the
first Population Census in the Free State.
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