Third level degrees up, Irish speakers down, Census results reveal.
Latest details published on last year's Census show that the number of Tipperary people with a third level degree has increased for both men and women since 2011.
However the latest figures show that the number of people in the county who can speak Irish has decreased by two thousand.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has published the penultimate Census 2016 report, Profile 10 - Education, Skills and the Irish Language. The publication presents details on the education and skills of the Irish population along with information on the Irish language.
It shows that 42.0% (1,216,945) of the population aged 15 and over had a third level qualification in 2016 and that 1.76 million people aged three and over indicated that they could speak Irish.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician, commented: “This report shows continuing declines in the numbers of early school leavers and increases in the numbers with third level qualifications. It examines and analyses changes in these areas, as well as the relationships between the level of education completed and employment and economic status.
Profile 10 also looks at our use of the national language, including our ability to speak Irish, as well as where and how often the language is spoken.”
Figures show that among those aged 15 and over and who had completed their education, the average age of completion was 19.3 years, an increase of 0.7 years on 2011. The average completion age at national level was 19.9 years.
In Tipperary, 14,218 people (14.2%) indicated that they had completed their education at primary level/had no formal education, while 18,796 (18.7%) did so at lower secondary level and 32,402 (32.3%) did so at upper secondary level. The respective percentages in 2011 were 16.7%, 20.7% and 32.8%.
Of those aged 15 and over in the county in April 2016, some 34,891 (34.8%) had a third-level qualification. Females accounted for 59.9% of all graduates, with males comprising 40.1%. Among females, 13,479 (26.7%) had a third-level degree compared with 11,335 in 2011. Among males, 9,030 (18.2%) had a third-level degree compared with 7,766 in 2011. The number of people with a doctorate (Ph.D.) increased by 107 (25.4%) to 528.
In April 2016, of those aged 3 and over in the county, 65,391 people stated that they could speak Irish, a decrease on the 67,338 who stated they could do so in 2011. They comprised 42.7% of the county’s population, compared with 44.4% in 2011. Nationally, 39.8% of those aged 3 and over indicated that they could speak Irish.
The 1,450 people who spoke Irish daily outside of the education system was 142 fewer than in 2011 (-8.9%). They comprised 0.9% of the population aged 3 and over, compared with 1.7% at national level.