Disposable Income Irish Region
(i) Six regions had a disposable income per person below the State average in 2008.
(ii) The Border region had a disposable income per person 10% below the State average in 2008.
(iii) The Mid-East region’s disposable income per person was closest to the State average in both 2008 and 2009.
(iv)The Dublin region is the region which has a disposable income per person above the State average in both 2008 and 2009.
(v) This region is the major urban centre of the Greater Dublin Area, which is the nation’s sole core economic region. This city is well developed in terms of infrastructure, raw materials, market size and proximity to the major market of mainland Europe. These many factors encourage investment and create high employment opportunity. The major sector of this economy is the services industry which requires skilled employees in areas such as research and development, software development and marketing. These jobs are well paid and plentiful in the region thus increasing the region’s average.