INCOMES in Donegal are a national disgrace, says a local TD, who has highlighted the fact people here earn just eight per cent of the national average income.
In response to a recent report on 2012 income trends, Deputy Pringle points out the fact that Donegal’s disposable incomes are consistently lagging behind the rest of the country.
The report, which was published by the Western Development Commission this week, analyses 2012’s CSO figures on income levels across regions in Ireland.
It noted that while Galway maintained the highest level of disposable income at €17,735 per person, Donegal had the lowest in the Western Region at €15,921 per person. This figure represents 81.8% of the State average.
According to Deputy Pringle, ‘the findings come as no surprise to the people of Donegal. The report highlights that regional disparities have been widening since recovery began and that while unemployment might be declining it is happening at a much slower pace than the rest of the country.’
‘It’s clear from this report that Donegal is a low wage county. There aren’t many well -paying jobs or even full time jobs when you compare it to other regions in Ireland’ says Pringle.
He continues, ‘The report showed just how significant social transfers are to household incomes in Donegal which make up 41% of household disposable income: the highest in the country. That’s why income supports such as Jobseekers and Farm Assist are vital to people in Donegal but Budget 2016 failed to address this and so has the Government overall.’
‘Regional inequality needs to become a priority for the next Government. Prioritising roll out of broadband to the peripheral regions first, working its way towards more developed areas is a good start. Development of local, sustainable rural jobs is a must and support for a biomass sector could facilitate this’ says Pringle.
‘Instead, the Government is obsessed with bringing in quick and easy jobs without any concern for the quality of those jobs. This is coming at the cost of the employee who ends up in more precarious work as a result and even more reliant on income supports. Seasonal workers and part time workers in Donegal are continuously coming across this trend’ concludes Pringle.Tags: