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Wexford People - - NEWS -

ANY PEO­PLE are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing poor hous­ing, un­em­ploy­ment, smok­ing etc and this is all con­tribut­ing to poor health.

‘We have to fo­cus not just on the ac­tual health ser­vice but we also need to en­sure we have things like ac­cess to jobs, ad­e­quate hous­ing and proper ser­vices. I wasn’t a bit sur­prised by the statis­tics. Some peo­ple have the per­cep­tion that Wex­ford is a wealthy area but it’s not the case. The so­cial deprivation is quite stark both in ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas. Poverty and poor hous­ing is be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced across the board and isn’t con­fined to a cou­ple of the big towns in the county. ‘When I was a TD it was very easy to see the prob­lems that were out there and that were be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced be­cause of the so­cial eco­nomic prob­lems in Wex­ford.

‘That’s the rea­son why the peo­ple from Wex­ford that are elected to the Dail must con­tinue to rep­re­sent the county as best they can and to fight to additional re­sources.’

Na­tion­ally, 643,131 peo­ple, or 13.5 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, in­di­cated that they had a dis­abil­ity and the num­ber of car­ers (peo­ple pro­vid­ing reg­u­lar un­paid help for a friend/ fam­ily mem­ber) in­creased by 8,151 (4.4 per cent) to 195,263.

In Wex­ford the 22,650 peo­ple said they had at least one dis­abil­ity mak­ing up 15.1 per cent of the county’s pop­u­la­tion, com­pared with 13.5 per cent at national level. Of these, 11,172 (49.3 per cent) were male and 11,478 (50.7 per cent) were fe­male.

10,612 peo­ple in­di­cated that they had ‘a dif­fi­culty with pain, breath­ing, or any other chronic ill­ness or con­di­tion’, while 1,801 in­di­cated they had blind­ness or a se­ri­ous vis­ual im­pair­ment and 3,809 had deaf­ness or a se­ri­ous hear­ing im­pair­ment.

This is an in­crease of al­most two per cent on the 2011 fig­ures which showed that 20,134 peo­ple or 13.9 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion in the county had at least one dis­abil­ity.

A to­tal of 6,023 peo­ple within the county said that they ‘pro­vided reg­u­lar un­paid per­sonal help for a friend or fam­ily mem­ber with a long-term ill­ness, health prob­lem or dis­abil­ity’. This com­prises 4 per cent of the county’s pop­u­la­tion and is an in­crease of 260 peo­ple com­pared to Cen­sus 2011.

Of the car­ers in the county, 3,738 were fe­male (62.1 per cent) and 2,285 were male (37.9 per cent). There were 109 car­ers un­der 15, com­pared with 124 in 2011.

Car­ers pro­vided 235,537 hours of care per week, an av­er­age of 44.7 hours per carer per week. The to­tal amount of weekly care hours was an in­crease of 15,040 hours (6.8 per cent) on 2011. How­ever not all car­ers in­di­cated the num­ber of care hours pro­vided so the fig­ures above re­late solely to those who did so.

Deirdre Cullen, Se­nior Statis­ti­cian, said: ‘Cen­sus 2016 was the sec­ond cen­sus in which the Ir­ish pub­lic were asked to rate their own health so we can now make com­par­isons over time.

‘The re­port also pro­vides de­tailed data and anal­y­sis on those with a dis­abil­ity while also ex­am­in­ing changes in re­la­tion to car­ers, look­ing at is­sues such as the age and gen­der pro­file of car­ers, the num­ber of car­ers in each county, and the hours of care pro­vided.’

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