Report finds high levels of deprivation and dependency in Donegal


Nearly a quarter of Irish households are now jobless according to a new report released today.

The research from the National Economic and Social Council finds that most people in Ireland have suffered a loss of wealth or income since the economic crash in 2008.

In 38 per cent of Irish households - expenditure now exceeds disposable income, while a quarter are in arrears with bill payments.

In Donegal, high levels of deprivation are recorded, as well as a high level of dependency, reflecting the large number of people of working age who have left the county to find work.

The report also finds a youth unemployment rate of 49%, second only to Limerick which is 50%.

Helen Johnston is the report's author - she says some people have been impacted more than others by rising unemployment...............