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Women live longer but more likely to suffer depression

Published 09/02/2010 | 14:42

Women work less, earn less, live longer and are more likely to suffer depression than men, a report on life in Ireland revealed today.

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On the other hand more men have seats in the Dail and Seanad, more are unemployed and suffer from higher rates of alcoholism, schizophrenia and criminality.

The latest official study of the battle of the sexes also revealed many of the old stereotypes are still at play in 21st century Ireland.

More than one million men are working compared with 886,500 women - a fifth of whom are in secretarial or admin jobs compared with just 5.5pc of men.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) said women are consistently earning less then their male colleagues.

In 2007, a woman's wage was on average about two-thirds of a man's and after taking into account the longer hours put in by men, the hourly rate for women's wages is about 87pc of men's.

Craft jobs showed the least gender balance with men filling 96pc of roles in the sector.

The CSO's life and death statistics also threw up some startling figures including:

- In 2006, women were on average living until 81 and a half, almost five years longer than men;

- Men are more likely to die younger with 15 to 24-year-olds at particularly high risk from suicide and car accidents;

- Four times as many men die by suicide.

The CSO report, Women And Men In Ireland 2009, showed in 2007 the rate of men who had left school early was almost twice that of women.

And the traditional differences in the Leaving Certificate also continued with girls were more likely to take English, Irish and French at higher level while boys focussed more on technical subjects.

The pattern carried on into third level colleges and universities as men account for 84pc of engineering, manufacturing and construction graduates and 60pc in science graduates, while 79pc of health and 76pc of education graduates were women.

The lack of women in high-profile and front-line decision making roles was also highlighted.

Only 22 seats in the Dail are filled by women - a 14pc rate ranking Ireland 23rd in Europe for women in parliament.

Women only make up a third of the posts on state boards, 17pc of council seats and 12pc of positions on regional authorities.

In population terms Ireland was in a unique position in Europe in 2008 - the only country perfectly gender-balanced, with one women for every man.

The report warned the overall figures masked differences in age groups with more boys being born than girls and women living longer - in the 65 and over age group, there were 80 men for 100 women.

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