Educational Attainment and Regional Differences
Regional differences were found in educational attainment rates. Around 6 per cent of people in the Border areas (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo) had attained primary-only or no formal education, while this figure fell to 3 per cent for people living in the West (Galway, Mayo, Roscommon), South-West (Cork, Kerry), Midlands (Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath), and Dublin (Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin).
When it comes to secondary education, 23 per cent of people living in Dublin had completed secondary school compared with 35 per cent of people in the Midlands. Looking at third-level education attainment, over three in five persons (62 per cent) aged 25-64 years old had a third level qualification attained a third level education, this compares to 46 per cent of persons aged 25-64 years old in the Midland region that have a third level qualification.