Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Statistics.

Wednesday, 17 April 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 464 No. 1

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  4.  Mr. B. Ahern  Information on Bertie Ahern  Zoom on Bertie Ahern   asked the Taoiseach  Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton   the local areas where unemployment represents over 30 per cent of the labour force. [7640/96]

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Mr. J. Higgins): Information on Jim Higgins  Zoom on Jim Higgins  The most recent small-area information on unemployment rates comes from the 1991 Census of Population. The most detailed area breakdown which is published relates to wards and district electoral divisions, of which there are about 3,500 in the State. In 198 of these wards and DEDs, the unemployment rate exceeded 30 per cent in 1991.

I propose to circulate in the Official Report a table showing, for each of those 198 wards and DEDs, the relevant information on the numbers in the labour force and the unemployment rate, using the Census Principal Economic Status classification.

Following is the table:

County DED/Ward Labour Force Unemployment Rate
Carlow
Rathvilly 264 38.6
Dublin County Borough
Arran Quay B 716 33.7
Arran Quay C 433 42.7
Arran Quay D 1.192 32.6
Ballybough A 1.494 40.5
Ballymun A 680 42.7
Ballymun B 1.771 44.6
Ballymun C 2.780 43.4
Ballymun D 1.325 48.3
Cabra West B 1.270 33.3
Clontarf West B 1.197 32.8
Finglas North A 1.755 36.8
Finglas South B 1.537 34.3
Finglas South C 1.631 33.3
Inns Quay B 1.272 32.7
Inns Quay C 728 39.6
Kilmore B 1.916 31.3
Mountjoy A 1.110 60.5
Mountjoy B 787 49.2
North City 459 34.2
North Dock C 835 58.1
Priorswood B 1.115 55.5
Priorswood C 1.243 59.8
Priorswood D 1.548 33.7
Rotunda A 787 43.3
Rotunda B 396 40.2
Cherry Orchard A 296 46.6
Cherry Orchard B 1.348 33.8
Cherry Orchard C 1.357 50.5
[87][88]Crumlin E 1,313 30.6
Decies 1,541 34.3
Drumfinn 1,815 34.2
Inchicore B 804 30.7
Kilmainham A 1,016 32.7
Kimmage A 1,014 30.8
Kylemore 1,323 38.1
Mansion House A 1,036 36.0
Merchants Quay A 476 53.8
Merchants Quay C 784 42.1
Merchants Quay F 1,026 40.5
Royal Exchange B 508 35.2
Ushers B 193 49.2
Ushers C 1,076 45.5
Ushers D 791 35.0
Ushers E 749 40.9
Wood Quay A 844 45.7
Dublin-Belgard
Clondalkin-Cappaghmore 592 31.3
Clondalkin-Dunawley 2,740 34.9
Clondalkin-Moorfield 2,276 30.9
Clondalkin-Rowlagh 1,943 44.3
Tallaght-Avonbeg 1,047 31.0
Tallaght-Fettercairn 1,418 52.9
Tallaght-Jobstown 1,701 49.0
Tallaght-Killinarden 1,591 49.1
Dublin-Fingal
Airport 132 31.8
Blanchardstown-Coolmine 2,531 35.6
Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart 338 55.6
Blanchardstown-Tyrrelstown 316 52.9
Kildare
Ballybracken 137 31.4
Kilberry 216 31.9
Robertstown 581 30.8
Timahoe South 123 31.7
Laoighis
Doonane 165 37.0
Offaly
Srah 232 30.2
Westmeath
Lackan 21 33.3
Wexford
New Ross Urban 1,679 31.4
Ballycanew 250 33.2
Taghmon 371 32.6
Wicklow
Bray No.1 620 33.4
Rathmichael (Bray) 986 43.5
Clare
Kilkee 429 36.8
Kilmurry 217 33.2
Cahermurphy 18 55.6
[89][90]Cork County Borough
Blackpool A 289 36.3
Churchfield 729 40.9
Farranferris A 700 30.9
Farranferris B 486 38.5
Gurranebraher A 350 33.7
Gurranebraher B 241 33.2
Gurranebraher C 418 34.9
Gurranebraher E 552 33.0
Knocknaheeny 1,520 52.6
Mahon B 1,265 32.3
Mayfield 1,346 37.4
Shandon B 279 31.2
The Glen A 912 38.4
Cork County
Whiddy 14 35.7
Bear 80 31.3
Kerry
Lickeen 41 34.2
Portmagee 107 33.6
Brandon 60 35.0
Ardagh 263 33.8
Carrig 153 31.4
Ballyheige 445 30.3
Limerick County Borough
Ballynanty 1,515 46.5
Custom House 117 43.6
Galvone B 987 48.8
Glentworth A 235 31.9
Glentworth C 262 46.2
John's A 542 57.6
John's B 414 31.4
Killeely A 601 39.8
Killeely B 355 33.5
Prospect A 411 38.0
Prospect B 437 42.6
Rathbane 936 37.8
Singland A 706 31.6
Limerick County
Rathkeale Urban 707 33.2
Tipperary SR
Carrick-on-Suir Urban 1,606 36.8
Tipperary East Urban 1,003 30.0
Ballingarry 271 35.4
Ballyphilip 154 30.5
Waterford County Borough
Ballybeg North 1,211 42.4
Ballybeg South 113 31.9
Larchville 616 39.9
Morrisson's Avenue West 178 36.0
Morrisson's Road 309 38.8
Mount Sion 366 33.1
Roanmore 414 36.7
Shortcourse 140 44.3
The Glen 213 31.0
[91][92]Waterford County
Carrigcastle 93 34.4
Ardmore 190 31.1
Galway County
Bunowen 146 48.6
Errislannan 104 45.2
Illion 37 35.1
Inishbofin 75 62.7
Knockboy 288 38.5
Owengowla 113 54.0
Roundstone 155 44.5
Sillerna 190 43.7
Skannive 215 47.0
Inishmore 542 37.6
Kilcummin 421 33.5
Loughatorick 29 31.0
Camus 160 39.4
Crumpaun 758 33.5
Gorumna 479 55.1
Lettermore 329 45.6
Turlough 206 48.1
Leitrim
Drumreilly East 26 30.8
Arigna 11 63.6
Mayo
Beldergmore 72 50.0
Bunaveela 48 41.7
Glenamoy 106 34.0
Goolamore 59 30.5
Knockadaff 159 30.8
Knocknalower 257 35.0
Achill 292 43.2
Dooega 179 39.7
Slievemore 326 40.8
Roscommon
Altagowlan 33 48.5
Lough Allen 92 32.6
Sligo
Ballynashee 89 30.3
Cavan
Killinagh 45 37.8
Donegal
Creenasmear 63 34.9
Creeslough 222 32.4
Cross Roads 839 41.7
Doe Castle 56 32.1
Dunfanaghy 267 33.0
Dunlewy 245 40.0
Gortahork 593 45.9
Meenaclady 426 51.2
Aran 164 60.4
Crovehy 62 30.7
Glenleheen 61 31.2
Graffy 116 31.9
Kilcar 247 32.0
[93][94]Kilgoly 150 40.7
Lettermacaward 219 39.3
Maghery 226 32.7
Malinbeg 131 34.4
Rutland 480 44.4
Ardmalin 237 40.9
Ballyliffin 391 30.7
Burt 390 35.1
Carthage 339 46.9
Culdaff 278 30.9
Dunaff 227 52.4
Glentogher 221 34.4
Inch Island 134 32.8
Killea 422 34.1
Straid 403 30.0
Three Trees 186 30.1
Manorcunningham 299 35.1
Carrickart 273 44.7
Cranford 202 46.0
Glen 84 53.6
Greenfort 151 34.4
Knockalla 108 30.6
Rosguill 296 31.4
Clonleigh North 494 31.6
Clonleigh South 800 30.1
Goland 106 30.2
Meencargagh 38 31.6
Raphoe 532 35.3
St. Johnstown 449 35.6
Treantaghmucklagh 201 32.3

Mr. B. Ahern: Information on Bertie Ahern  Zoom on Bertie Ahern  I was hoping the Taoiseach would take this question. Would the Minister of State agree that positive action is required to employ people in the worst affected areas? If this is not within the remit of the Minister of State, will he consider raising with the relevant Ministers the possibility of setting aside a certain proportion of jobs within the public sector and anywhere else the Government can exercise influence for qualified applicants from areas of high unemployment? This is a scheme, raised by the social partners on a number of occasions, on which we had been working for some time. If the Minister of State can answer my question, well and good but, if not, perhaps he would take it up with the relevant Minister.

Mr. J. Higgins: Information on Jim Higgins  Zoom on Jim Higgins  We shall have that matter examined but, in the context of the 1991 figures available, some 198 out of a total of 3,500 district electoral divisions had an unemployment rate in excess of 30 per cent, as shown in the table circulated with my reply. In regard to the forthcoming Census to be held on the last Sunday of this month, it will be interesting to see how the most recent figures relate to those returned in the 1991 Census. I will bring the point made by the Deputy to the attention of the relevant Minister.


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