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Men 'are most likely to commit murder'

Irish women are more highly qualified and work fewer hours in paid employment than men.

But men are most likely to leave school earlier and commit a murder.

These are among the key findings of a new report from the Central Statistics Office looking at the lives of women and men in Ireland today.

Irish women, along with French women, have the joint highest fertility rate in the EU, giving birth to an average of two children. But, as a nation we are waiting longer to have a baby. The average age at which women give birth to their first child has risen from around 25 years of age to nearly 30.

There were 98 men per 100 women last year in this country.

But in certain age groups there are more males, as more boys are born up to the age of 14, and in the 15 to 24 age group.

However, as more men have emigrated in recent years there are now fewer men than women in the 25 to 44 age group.

Women can expect to live four and a half years more than men. Life expectancy at birth for women in Ireland is now around 83 years, compared to 78.7 years for men - which is actually above the EU average.

The statistics have identified that men are more likely to die at a younger age than women, with the difference in risk particularly high in the 15 to 24 year old age group.

This reflects higher death rates for men due to suicide and motor vehicle articles, according to the CSO's "Women and Men in Ireland 2013" report.


Men were more likely to be in the labour force than women in Ireland last year, with just under seven out of ten men aged 15 and over are available for work compared to half of women.

Just over 80pc of the Irish prison population is male and men are also more likely to be a victim of murder.

Men worked an average of 39.2 hours a week in paid employment last year, compared to 31.2 hours for women, and married men worked longer hours than married women.

Close to half of married men worked for 40 hours a week.