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'Donegal workers have less money in their pockets' – TD 29.03.17

A TD has described as "worrying" the latest figures showing that Donegal disposable income levels are well below the national average.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue said local workers were left with "far less money in their pockets" at the end of the month compared to others around the country.
The latest Central Statistics Office table shows that the national average disposable income level is €19,178 compared to just €15,061 in Donegal.
The Inishowen-based FF deputy said the figures are "further proof of the two-tier recovery" driven by the Government.
"The majority of the well paid jobs are still in Dublin and the commuter areas and regions like the North West and along the Border are continuing to lose out," he said.
“Counties like Donegal are lagging far behind other parts of the country – Fine Gael has failed to advocate for the North West region, with a lack of investment and infrastructure now extremely evident."
Deputy McConalogue added: “Income levels in Donegal remain well below 2006 levels and are nowhere near the average for Dublin. In fact, they’re over 20% below the national average.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue.
“This is a very worrying trend and these statistics must act as a wake-up call for this Government. It cannot continue to ignore this region. The fallout from Brexit will only compound the situation along the Border as retailers, farmers and businesses struggle with the realities of a post-EU Britain and Northern Ireland."
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