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Ó Caoláin - low life expectancy a damning indictment of government policy

9 August, 2003

Commenting on the latest statistics from the EU (Eurostat, Statistics in Focus, Population and Social Conditions, No 20/2003) which show that Ireland has lowest life expectancy in Europe Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin said:

"The lower than EU average life expectancy in this State is a damning indictment of successive governments, but especially the FF-PD administration of the past six years. Government policies have widened the gap between rich and poor and it is those on lower income who suffer more from ill-health and reduced life expectancy. This brings down the national average life expectancy. It is a direct result of our grossly unequal economy and our crisis-ridden health service." ENDS

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