Irish die earlier than other Europeans
Irishmen still live more than two years less than their counterparts in Iceland, Italy, Sweden, Malta and Switzerland, according to a new international health report.
The male life expectancy here is 77 years but the men in the other countries all make it past the 79-year mark, the World Health Organisation report shows.
When it comes to women, life expectancy here is over 82 years but they are also surpassed by females in the same countries. Men in the UK live to around 78 years but the life expectancy for women is around the same as for Ireland.
The report shows that life expectancy is rising across Europe, increasing by five years on average since 1980 to reach 76 years in 2010.