Dr. Tony Fahey and Dr. Helen Russell
Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D., Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs will launch a new report from the ESRI on Wednesday, 6 February, 2002. The report outlines trends in fertility rates, lone parenthood and household size in Ireland over recent years. It also points to areas where available information on family patterns is inadequate and needs to be expanded.
While existing data give extensive information on certain aspects of family formation in Ireland, there are important gaps. Guidance for policy on family issues is hampered as a result. The study thus highlights the need for an expansion of data collection in this area in the future.
Members of the Press are invited to attend the Press Briefing in the Italian Room, Government Buildings, Merrion St., Dublin 2, on Wednesday, 6 February 2002, 10.00 am.
For further information contact:
Tony Fahey, ESRI, Tel. 01-6671525 (office), 087-6535325 (mobile). Helen Russell, ESRI, Tel. 01-6671525 (office)
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