A study by life assurance provider Irish Life has revealed that cancer is the leading cause of death in County Longford.
The figures show that cancer accounted for 16 of the 33 life insurance claims paid by the insurance company in 2013, while the illness also accounted for seven of the eight specified illness cover claims paid out in the county during the same period.
In total, Irish Life and Canada Life paid out €1.9 million for the 33 life assurance claims and a further €438,960 in respect of the eight specified illness cover claims.
The average age at death for life insurance was 61, while it was just 53 for specified illness cover. According to Irish Life’s claims data, the national average was 63 years-old for life insurance cover and 52 for specified illness cover.
Commenting on the survey’s findings, Managing Director at Irish Life Retail, Gerry Hassett, said: “The scale of the Life Insurance and Specified Illness Cover claims paid show the clear need for people to look after the interests of their dependants in the event of death and serious illness.”