Residents of Counties Mayo and Donegal were the most law-abiding in Ireland last year and least likely to be sent to prison.

That's according to new figures from the Irish Prison Service, which show that 7,170 people were committed to jail in 2019- with sharp variations in imprisonment rates, according to the county they came from.

Residents of some areas of the country were up to six times more likely to end up in prison than in others.

The highest rate of imprisonment occurred among those living in Limerick with 219 people jailed for every 100,000 of population, followed by Longford and Dublin.

At the other end of the scale, the rate of imprisonment was very low in Mayo where just 37 people were sent to jail for every 100,000 living in the county.

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