How to calculate the date of birth accurately
The Irish birthrate has fallen sharply, with more women now being born in the country’s capital than ever before, according to official figures.
It has been reported that in the past three years, there have been almost 1.6 million fewer births than in the previous three.
It is thought the reasons for the fall in the number of births can be traced back to changes to social policy, with fewer births being recorded as well as fewer hospital births.
However, the figures also show a decline in the birthrate in rural areas as well, which are typically under-represented in the population.
The most recent census figures also showed a significant rise in the percentage of Irish women who are in the labour force.
The number of Irish births was down to 2.75 million in 2011, from 2.78 million in 2010.
The rate of population growth, at 2.8 per cent, is lower than in Europe.