New figures suggest Clare people were taking home more money than ever, before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CSO data which covers up to 2018 suggests income for people in this county was higher in that year than during the economic boom.
Clare people were, on average, taking home more than €27,300 by the end of 2018.
That was from a low of under €22,500 just seven years prior and is just shy of under €26,000 back in 2007, before the financial crash impacted the country.
The figures from the Central Statistics Office also suggest that Clare people had as much disposable income available to them in 2018 – over €19,000 – as they did during the boom, though it’s around 10 percent below the national average.
Average disposable income excluding rent was less than €17,000 – the lowest in the Midwest and again significantly below the average nationwide figure.
Overall, total household income in Clare in 2018 was more than €3.3 billion, with disposable income here measuring more than 2.3 billion euro.
These figures are likely to have decreased from 2020 onwards as a result of the severe economic difficulties caused by COVID-19 restrictions.