Ireland’s largest life assurance company, Irish Life has revealed its annual claims data which shows that cancer is the biggest combined cause of Life Insurance and Specified Illness Cover claims in Leitrim in 2013, with more than €464,980 paid out.
The figures show cancer accounted for 2 out of 8 Life Insurance claims paid by the insurers last year in Leitrim, while cancer also accounted for 5 of the 7 claims for Specified Illness Cover claims paid in the county.
Heart-related claims made up 4 of the 7 life insurance claims paid.
Overall last year, Irish Life and Canada Life paid out €380,263 for 8 deaths in Leitrim and a further €444,078 in respect of 7 Specified Illness Cover claims.
The average age at death in Leitrim in 2013 was 60 for Life Insurance claims and just 36 for Specified Illness Cover.
This compares to national averages of age 63 for Life Insurance and 52 for Specified Illness according to for Irish Life’s claims data for the country overall.