Matthew Thompson photo commissioned by Business to Arts
Dublin is a young capital and, with birth rates in Ireland in 2008 at a 113 year high, a veritable baby boom is under way. In 2008, Ireland recorded over 18 births per 1000 people, the highest in Europe. Again in 2009, Ireland had the highest birth rate in Europe and this trend looks set to continue for 2010. Our population is the youngest in Europe. 20.6 per cent of Ireland’s population is aged under 14, the highest proportion in the EU and compared with an EU average of 15.7%. Ireland has the youngest workforce in Europe, with 36% under 25 years of age.