Independent Euro candidate Rónán Mullen has called for a strong response from the Government to the newly released figures that show the massive economic inequality between various regions within the country.
The GDP figures found that the Regional GDP per capita for the Southern and Eastern region of Ireland was €39,900 while in the Border, Midlands and Western regions including Leitrim, the figure was only €23,700. In terms of purchasing power standards, this means that the South and East saw GDP per capita at 145% of the EU average, while the BMW region was only at 86%.
“There is clearly major inequality here between the regions. This inequality is not new and it is high time that the Government take proactive steps to redress it. We need fresh ideas on tax incentives in the region to encourage business and employment,” he said.