14Dec This may help you complete the Synod survey

Some information from the 2011 Census (in the Republic of Ireland) may help as background information for the Synod survey. You could see whether you can estimate whether your local parish or area reflects the same percentages.

Perhaps someone can provide data also for Northern Ireland.

All private households

Households

%

Persons

%

All private households

1,654,208

4,510,409

One person

392,000

23.7%

392,000

8.69%

Husband and wife

240,146

14.52%

480,292

10.65%

Cohabiting couple

73,111

4.42%

146,222

3.24%

Husband and wife with children

522,959

31.61%

2,147,067

47.6%

Cohabiting couple with children

54,911

3.32%

206,327

4.57%

Lone mother with children

155,264

9.39%

420,011

9.31%

Lone father with children

24,497

1.48%

62,014

1.37%

Husband and wife with other persons

13,095

0.79%

43,209

0.96%

Husband and wife with children and other persons

26,226

1.59%

136,077

3.02%

Cohabiting couple with other persons

8,602

0.52%

29,551

0.66%

Cohabiting couple with children and other persons

4,233

0.26%

20,437

0.45%

Lone mother with children and other persons

15,190

0.92%

56,134

1.24%

Lone father with children and other persons

2,986

0.18%

10,885

0.24%

Two family units with/without other persons

18,317

1.11%

97,384

2.16%

Three or more family units with/without other persons

452

0.03%

3,554

0.08%

Non-family households containing related persons

39,611

2.39%

92,664

2.05%

Households comprised of unrelated persons only

62,608

3.78%

166,581

3.69%

Totals:

1,654,208

100.01%

4,510,409

99.98%

Same-sex couples in Ireland:

There were 4,042 same-sex couples living together: This makes 8084 persons: 2,321 male couples and  1,721 female.
This is 0.34% of the 1.18 million families.
230 were couples with children, with the vast majority of these being female couples.

Most same-sex couples were cohabiting (3,876) but 166 indicated that they were married couples.
Since same-sex civil unions had only recently been introduced in Ireland at the time of the census, it is likely that most of these were married abroad.

Census Reports are available at http://www.cso.ie/en/census/census2011reports/.

Padraig McCarthy