Ireland climbs above Britain in European Union life expectancy table
Figures released by the Ireland Central Statistics Office on Monday show Ireland moving rapidly up the EU life expectancy league table.
In 2005, Ireland had the 6th highest male life expectancy out of 27 countries in the enlarged EU and the ninth highest female life expectancy.
For both males and females, life expectancy in Ireland is now higher than in the United Kingdom, the first time this has occurred since records began.
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