Sharp rise in numbers seeking help from MABS

An agency which helps people sort out their finances dealt with a record number of new clients in the first three months of the year.

MABS, the Money Advice and Budgetting Service operates at 60 locations across the country. The agency has offices in Letterkenny, Buncrana,  Donegal Town and Derrybeg.

The Agency says it regularly deals with around 7-thousand new clients each quarter, but between January and March, it rose to almost 7-thousand-600.

The majority of those looking for help were aged between 26 and 40, with the most common problems reported relating to personal loans.

A spokesperson for the service told Highland Radio News that specific figires have not been collated for the Donegal service, but the situation locally is broadly in line with the natiional trends.