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Those Irish sustainable development goals February 26, 2019

Posted by Tomboktu in Uncategorized.

The Central Statistics Office this week published its report on the Regional SDGs Ireland 2017.

The infographic on the first (web) page of the report gives six headline statistics:

  • licence holders with penalty points,
  • households with broadband,
  • women in local government,
  • household waste collected in kerbside recycling,
  • use of turf, oil and natural gas, and
  • number of private cars per 1000 people.

The CSO’s press statement selects five points to highlight:

  • More than one in five (21.5%) drivers in Wexford had penalty points, the highest rate in Ireland
  • The lowest rate of drivers with penalty points was 12.9% in Donegal
  • Only 58% of households in Leitrim had broadband access compared to 86% in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
  • Longford had the highest fertility rate at 2.25, well above the national average of 1.81
  • Nearly four out of ten (37.9%) households in Offaly use peat for central heating

 I’m puzzled by the CSO’s decision to include penalty points in its report. The Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018-2020 doesn’t refer to penalty points. The National Implementation Plan does have a goal of reducing by half the number of deaths from road traffic accidents, but when you look at the SDGs in the round, highlighting penalty points seems odd.


1. WorldbyStorm - February 27, 2019

That’s strange indeed. Something crowbarred in just to bulk it up?


Tomboktu - February 27, 2019

I think it shows a truvialisatio of the serious problems that the SDGs are intended to tackle.


2. gypsybhoy69 - March 5, 2019

I suppose you don’t get penalty points if you’re dead is what I thought when seeing Donegal as having the lowest penalty points.


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