Last May we published a look at the statistics around single parents in Ireland (Connections between fathers and children – unravelling the statistics).
When I checked the census I found that there are 186,284 lone mothers counted in the 2011 census, living with 308,109 children, and 29,031 lone fathers living with 43,887 children (table CDD17, CSO). However in this instance children means “offspring” rather than someone under 18. Looking at the definition of children in this instance (p. 120 here) children are “usually resident never- married children (of any age)”. So a household containing an 80 year old mother and a 50 year old son would be included in the “lone mother” total.
We also noted that the CSO was due to publish a report on “Households and Families – Living Arrangements in Ireland” on 20th September 2012. That report is now available.
There is no table outlining, “How many children (under 15s, say) are being brought up in lone parent households?” However table CD577 does allow the number of children in various range ranges from 15 up to be calculated. This gives a total of 186,284 children over 15 in households headed by lone mothers and 29,031 children over 15 in households headed by lone fathers. (That includes a total of 28,307 children aged 70 and older in lone parent households). This suggests that there are 121,825 children aged 15 or under in households headed by lone mothers and 14,856 children aged 15 or under in households headed by lone fathers.
There is a large amount of fascinating information about households and families in this latest census report. It is well worth taking a look at.