Monday 20 May 2019

Great income divide widens between Dublin and the rest

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John Mulligan

John Mulligan

People living in Dublin enjoy the greatest level of disposable income with an average of €24,431 - which is 18.4pc higher than the average State figure of €20,638.

A major divide across the country is revealed in figures based on 2016 incomes, issued by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The gap between Dublin and the rest widened as those living in the city area enjoyed higher incomes during the year.

Outside of Dublin, four areas had a level of disposable income almost on a par with the national average.

These were the mid-west (€20,306), south-east (€19,387), south-west (€19,784) and mid-east (€19,911).

The remaining regions had disposable income levels well below the national average.

The Border area was lowest with an average of €17,370, the west recorded €18,363, and the midlands recorded an average of €17,717.

The Border is 15.8pc below the national average.

The midlands was the second lowest, at 14.1pc below the national average.

"The gap between the maximum and minimum value of per capita disposable income, on a regional basis, increased from €6,617 in 2015 to €7,061 in 2016, due to Dublin regional incomes increasing by €982, while those of the lowest region, Border, increased by €538," noted the CSO.

It added that in 2016, Dublin, Limerick, Kildare and Wicklow were the only counties where per capita disposable income exceeded the State average, with Carlow, Cork and Waterford just below.

It said that Dublin remained the only region where per capita disposable income was higher than the State average during the 2007-2016 period.

Total household income is defined as primary income plus any social transfers, according to the CSO.

It defines disposable household income as total household income minus taxes. Therefore, it does not account for accommodation or other living costs.

In Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, Limerick and Cork, primary income noticeably exceeded disposable income in 2016.

Irish Independent

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