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Press Statement


28 June 2019

Mortality Differentials In Ireland 2016/17 research paper

Those that live in the most affluent areas live longest (84.4 and 87.7 years for males and females respectively)
  • Life expectancy at birth favours females by 3.5 additional years
  • Managerial/technical and professional workers have lower mortality rates than those that are unskilled workers
  • Mortality rates are lower for married people than for single people
  • The higher the level of education the lower the mortality rates
  • Galway City and suburbs and Dublin City and suburbs have lowest mortality rates
  • Go to release: Mortality Differentials in Ireland 2016-2017

    The CSO has today (28 June 2019) released a Research Paper on Mortality Differentials in Ireland 2016-2017.  Commenting on the research paper, Carol Anne Hennessy, Statistician, said: “Life expectancy varies by area of deprivation (quintiles).  In 2016, the number of expected life years at birth was 84.4 and 87.7 years for males and females respectively in the least deprived areas, compared to 79.4 years and 83.2 years for those residing in the most deprived areas. 

    Furthermore, life expectancy is higher for females across all ages and quintiles.  At age 0, females are expected to live 85.5 years compared to 82.0 years for males, a difference of 3.5 years.

    Those engaged in unskilled and semi-skilled work have a higher standardised mortality rate than managerial, technical and professional workers, with mortality rates ranging from 482 to 796 per 100,000 persons in 2016.

    Married persons have a lower standardised death rate, 699 per 100,000 compared to those that never married, 972 per 100,000 persons, while divorced or separated persons have a mortality rate of 855 per 100,000 persons.

    The higher the level of education recorded, the lower the standardised mortality rate.  Those that ceased full-time education at primary level had a standardised mortality rate of 1,195 per 100,000 persons compared to 619 per 100,000 persons for those that ceased education at third level.

    Those living in Galway and Dublin cities and their suburbs have a lower standardised death rate, 484 and 596 respectively per 100,000 persons compared to 722 per 100,000 persons for those residing in Cork City and suburbs.”

    Particular caution must be applied in interpreting these statistics due to the limitations of the matching exercise.  A detailed summary of the matching methodology in this report, as well as a note on the limitations,  is included in the Research Paper.

    For further information contact:

    Carol Anne Hennessy (+353) 21 453 5307 or Tim Linehan (+353) 21 453 5264

    or email

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