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Ageing and Ireland 1 AGEING AND IRELAND Name Class Lecturer University Date
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Ageing and Ireland 2 Introduction The population of Ireland is rapidly aging compared to many other countries of the world. According to Baker & Ring (2013), by 2021, the number of senior citizens in the country will increase by approximately 200,000 people. At the same time, the population of pupils in primary schools in the country will only have gone up by an additional 100,000. Hence, the rate at which the population is aging is almost twice the birth rate. This gap between the number of primary school pupils and the number of those aging is estimated to reach critical levels by the year 2046. Baker & Ring (2013) note that by 2046, the population of Ireland will be 6.4 million. Those over 65 years of age will be 1.4 million, out of which between 470, 0000 and 484,000 will over 80 years. Moreover, by 2046, older persons will outnumber the young by over 560,000. Therefore, the country shall have fewer people working, and paying taxes, compared to those who will not be working, but drawing benefits such as pension payment from the state. The government may be forced to spend a lot of its resources towards the welfare of elderly, hence negatively impacting other sectors of the economy. Welfare Payments and Pensions There are some issues that Ireland will have to deal with in the coming decades. According to Donnelly (2017), at present, 26 percent of the Irish population is over the age of fifty years. With the population rapidly aging, this percentage is also going to rise the coming years. The amount of money spent on state benefits targeting the elderly such as pensions is also going to increase significantly. It is important to note that currently, the state is struggling to balance its books, with the services such as healthcare for the elderly being underfunded (Hennessy, 2016 and Donnelly, 2017). With the rapidly aging population, this situation is only
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Ageing and Ireland 3 going to get worse. Hence, the state may be forced to cut some of the benefits it's offering the
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