The number of overseas trips made by Irish residents fell 9% in the first quarter of the year, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office.

Just over 1.17m outbound trips were made during the three month period, down from 1.28m in the same quarter of 2013.

Britain and Northern Ireland remains the most popular destination, accounting for almost 44% of the total figure.

More than 90,000 trips were made to France during the three months – up 17,000 on the same quarter of last year – while trips to Spain fell 27,000 to 186,000.

Meanwhile, the number of domestic trips made by Irish residents during the three month period rose 8.5% to 1.4m.

They accounted for around 3.3m bed nights in total, which gave each drip an average duration of 2.3 nights.