THE number of births in the Republic of Ireland has fallen by 2.6% since 2015, according to new figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
There were 63,841 live births in Ireland in 2016, with 32,709 males and 31,132 females.
The 2016 total is 2.4% lower than in 2006, when there were 65, 425 live births.
The CSO Vital Statistics Annual Report reveals the average age of mothers for births that occurred in 2016 was 32.7 years. Mothers under 30 accounted for 27.7% of births in 2016, compared with ten years previously in 2006, when moths under 30 accounted for 39.5% of births.
There were 1,101 births to mothers under 20 in 2016, down from 2,335 in 2006, a 54.8% decrease.
There were 30,667 deaths recorded in Ireland in 2016, an increase of 540 on the 2015 figures. Diseases of the circulatory system accounted for 30.1% of deaths, 29.9% were attributed to malignant neoplasms, while 12.8% of deaths were attributed to diseases of the respiratory system.
You can read the report here.