'Donegal workers have less money
in their pockets' – TD
A TD has described as
"worrying" the latest figures showing that Donegal
disposable income levels are well below the national
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
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 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
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