Irish people have the fourth highest quality of life in the world
The latest United Nations Development Report ranks the Republic of Ireland fourth in a list of 159 countries in terms of life expectancy, literacy, education and GDP per capita.
Ireland`s average income per head is put at just under €30,000.
Only Australia, Iceland and Norway are ahead of Ireland in the report, however, Ireland trails in the poverty stakes ranking 17th out of 18.
The Irish Republic`s Social and Family Affairs Minister Seamus Brennan is disputing the latter figure saying 250,000 people have been taken out of poverty in the past 10 years.
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