People living in Derry die younger

People living in Derry die younger than in any other area of the north apart from Belfast, the latest life expectancy figures show.

The official Office for National Statistics figures, covering 2008-2010, show that in Derry a man’s life expectancy stands at 75.5 years, while a women’s is 79.9.

Of the north’s 26 local council areas, only in Belfast (73.9 years for a man and 79.8 years for a woman) do people die younger.

The latest figures were revealed by the north’s Minister for Finance and Personnel Simon Hamilton, in response to an Assembly question by North Down DUP MLA Peter Weir.

Women in Limavady live longer than in any other area of the north with a life expectancy of 83.2 years - more than three years longer than in Derry - while men in Magherafelt (79.4 years) have the greatest life expectancy.

Men living in Antrim, Ards, Down, Moyle and North Down all also live at least three years more than their Derry counterparts.

In Strabane men’s life expectancy stands at 77.4 years while women in Strabane live to an average age of 80.9.

Men in Limavady have a life expectancy of 76.6 years.

Across the north the average life expectancy for a man is currently 77.4 years and for a women it stands at 81.8.

Both figures are below that for England (78.7 years for a man, 82.7 years for a women), and Wales ( 77.8 years for men, 82 years for women) but are greater than Scotland ( 76.1 years for men, 80.6 years for women) and the Republic of Ireland, where life expectancy for men is currently 76.8 years for men and 81.6 years for women.