Mayo workers left with less money in their pockets

Latest stats reveal Mayo disposable incomes well behind national average

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Lisa Chambers says the latest figures on income levels make for worrying reading for people living in the county. The CSO stats reveal that disposable incomes in Mayo are running well behind the national average of €19,178, and is further proof of the two-tier recovery being perpetrated by Fine Gael.

Deputy Chambers commented, “These figures give credence to the concerns, which many people living in this region have been expressing for some time. The majority of the well paid jobs are still in Dublin and the commuter areas, and regions like the West and along the Border are continuing to lose out.

“Counties like Mayo are lagging far behind other parts of the country – Fine Gael has failed to advocate for the Western area, with a lack of investment and infrastructure now extremely evident. These figures simply confirm the stark contrast between disposable incomes for people in this region compared to the national average.

“Income levels in Mayo remain well below 2006 levels and are nowhere near the average for Dublin. In fact, they’re 12% below the national average. For all the Government’s talk of an economic recovery, it’s clear that any upturn is skewed towards Dublin, and rural Ireland and counties west of the Shannon are now in a very precarious situation.

“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 as retailers, farmers and businesses struggle with the realities of a post-EU Britain and Northern Ireland. We need to see a comprehensive strategy put in place to boost economic investment and growth in the West to ensure a regionally balanced and fairer recovery”.