Ageing in Ireland

Data Collection Type
Collated sources of health information-national

Central Statistics Office

Year established


Statement of purpose

To provide a set of social indicators to examine the lives of people aged 65 and over in Ireland.


Persons aged 65 and over in Ireland. Ireland is also compared to other EU countries and non-EU countries where comparable data is available (Turkey, Croatia, TFYR of Macedonia, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).


The social partnership agreement 2003–2005 requested the CSO to support a move towards more evidence-based policy-making. The National Statistics Board further requested that the CSO provide a comprehensive set of social indicators with emphasis on disaggregation by key characteristics such as age. Ageing in Ireland is published by the CSO, and it examines the lives of people aged 65 and over in Ireland.

Data content

The indicators included in this report cover the domains of: population; health and care; accommodation; economic situation and lifestyles. Under Health and Care it reports on life expectancy; hospital activity; health status; smoking death rates; prevalence of disability; carers.

Data providers

The following sources are used to compile this report:

  • Census of Population 2002, 2006
  • Vital Statistics
  • EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions
  • Quarterly National Household Survey
  • Eurostat
  • Department of Social Protection
  • Hospital-In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE)
  • Annual Survey of Long Stay Units
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
Data collection methodology

The CSO gathers the data from all sources and compiles the report.

Publication frequency

Annual, first published in 2007.

Accessing data

The indicators were compiled from a number of different sources so no overall dataset available.

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