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Derry women's shorter life span

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Women in Derry and Limerick have the shortest life expectancy in Ireland.

Women in Londonderry have the shortest life expectancy of females in Northern Ireland, according to a new study.

It is one of the finding in a study by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland into health and social care indicators in NI and the Republic.

According to the study, women in Derry and Limerick can expect to live for 79.3 years.

The average life expectancy in Northern Ireland is 80.6 years for women and 75.9 years for men.

For men, the average life expectancy for Northern Ireland was 75.9 years for men.

The report also found that men living in Belfast had the shortest life-expectancy, at 73.5 years.

But people living in Ballymoney can expect to live the longest, with an average life expectancy of 78.1 for men, while women can expect to live for an average of 82.4 years.

Life expectancy was 75.5 years for men and 80.6 years for women in the Republic of Ireland. Men and women living in Roscommon can expect with live the longest south of the border, with an average life expectancy of 76.9 and 82.2 years respectively.

Institute director Kevin Balanda said the information would be used to compare differences in health across Ireland.

"It will help health planners tailor services to meet local needs," he said.

"This data allows people to look at the health situation in their own county or in their own local government district," he said.

"We are beginning to build a picture of health at the local level allowing people and planners to see how they compare with others in their jurisdiction and across the island.

"These data-sets highlight many differences in health and well-being across the island, and we hope will stimulate interest in why this is so, and what can be learnt from other areas that face similar issues."

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