CSO figures show Donegal has been scarred by years of austerity - Doherty
Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said the latest census figures for Donegal show the County has been left deeply scarred by austerity.
Teachta Doherty said;
“These figures show in black and white how badly treated Donegal has been and how it needs investment. Six of the so called unemployment blackspots in the State are in Donegal- Gort an Choirce, Leitir Mhic an Bhaird, Lettreknny Urban, Mín an Chladaigh, Clonleigh South and Raphoe.
"Less people are in the labour force in Donegal now than in 2011 despite talk of recovery- austerity and emigration has left deep scars on the county."Unemployment stands at 18% in our County compared to 12.9% Statewide- nearly 50% higher.
"The figures show there are more carers, more disabled people in Donegal and a lower level of overall health than the average yet we know there is a constant struggle to protect what services we have.
"No amount of spin about economic figures is going to heal the damage done by austerity. What is required is investment in Donegal – investment in our infrastructure, investment in our hospitals and investment in our public services. Only Sinn Fein has a plan to do that.
"We know too Brexit is looming and unless Sinn Féin’s call for Special Status for the North is implemented the gap between Donegal and the rest of the State will only widen.