We must have might have missed this UN Index of Human Development - from November 2010 in which Ireland came out 5th out of 169 countries .
Here are the top 20 countries in the UN Human Development Index 2010
Korea (Republic of)
United Kingdom came 26th
The HDI represents a push for a broader definition of well-being and provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income.
Between 1980 and 2010 Ireland's HDI rose by 0.7% annually from 0.720 to 0.895 in 2010 - which gives the country a rank of 5 out of 169 countries with comparable data.
The HDI of OECD as a region increased from 0.723 in 1980 to 0.853 in 2010 today, placing Ireland above the regional average.
Ireland ranked as follows in the different categories:
Education - 4th