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On the move Almost half of Ireland travelled over 10km from their homes on Christmas Eve

The stats revealed people in counties with larger urban centres stayed within their locality more than those in rural counties.

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Stock photo (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Stock photo (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Stock photo (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Almost half of Ireland traveled further than 10km from their home on Christmas Eve, new data from the CSO shows.

Only around 51.7pc of the total population stayed in their local area according to the CSO’s Staying Local Indicator, which looks at people’s mobility every week.

This was an annual low, and figures slowly started rising every day since then, with 68.6pc of the population keeping within 10km of their residence by January 7.

By the second week of January, that figure stood at 66.2pc, where it seems to have stabilised.

The stats revealed people in counties with larger urban centres stayed within their locality more than those in rural counties.

There were large differences between some counties, with people in Dublin being far more likely to stay local.

Around 78.8pc of people in the capital remained within 10km of their home in the second week of January, which the CSO says reflects its “urbanised nature with respect to other counties”.

Behind Dublin were Wicklow (with 67.9pc) and Louth (67.6pc). On the flipside, people living in more rural counties were more likely to have to travel further distances, with Roscommon topping the list at 52.9pc.

Mayo, with 53.4pc, and Tipperary, with 54.8pc, were right behind it. Mayo was also the only county to show no difference in movement between the first and second weeks of January.

In general, all counties saw a moderate increase in movements within those seven days, ranging from 0.2 percentage points (Clare) to 2.3 9 (Monaghan).

The Staying Local Indicator is based on statistical analysis of anonymised, aggregated, mobile phone activity records. Data from Three Ireland is collected from anonymised data sets and then aggregated at Electoral Division, and finally provided to the Department of Health.

However, this arrangement is limited to informing the government response to the Covid-19 pandemic only. Additionally, only aggregated statistical data is provided to the Department of Health, while no personal data is provided.

The CSO said that they receive and manage this data on behalf of the Department of Health.

They added that the outputs from this analysis provide important insights for decision makers and the public in the midst of a global pandemic.

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