A new report confirms what most people in Donegal already suspected - we have the lowest disposable income per person in the country and the border region has the lowest rate of employment.
The report, by the CSO, called ‘The Regional Quality of Life in Ireland, 2013 report’ confirms disposable income per person was lowest in Donegal at 83% of the national average, or €16,106. By contrast, disposable income per person in the Dublin region, at €21,515, was 11% above the national average in 2010.
All other regions were below the national average with the Midland region 11% below, at just €17,133. Disposable income in Offaly (€16,168) and Monaghan (€16,303) is just marginally higher than Donegal.
Meanwhile four out of ten people in the border region have a medical card and no private health insurance compared with less than a quarter in Dublin. Approximately one in five people in Galway City were not Irish, the report finds, compared to 8 per cent in Donegal.
Highlights for the county are hard to spot, but we are right up there when it comes to clean beaches - over half of the Blue Flag beaches are in Donegal, Kerry, Mayo and Cork.