Poor life expectancy today is related to many factors such as deprivation, social class and education level. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the best indicators of human wellbeing is that we are now living longer. The last official figures, based on the 2011 Census, showed life expec(...)

The most long-lived Irish person was Kathleen Snavely (above) from Co Clare,  who died in the US aged 113 years in 2015.  Photograph: Syracuse University Archives

Humankind may have hit a wall when it comes to our capacity to grow older. Scientists now believe that there may be a natural limit to our lifespan an(...)

Data show that the proportion of the population in the dependent age groups will continue to rise for the foreseeable future, creating upward pressure on pension spending, and thus on taxes, for at least the next 30 years. File photograph: Getty Images

The very good news is that life expectancy has risen dramatically. As a result, the number of people aged 65 and over is rising by 3.5 per cent a year(...)

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The data shows that the exceptionally high death rate among children of unmarried mothers was not confined to any one home or any one location in Ireland and that it persisted till the 1940s.

While the standard of living today, measured in terms of income per head, is a multiple of what it was a century ago, a much more dramatic improvement(...)