We are sure you have been reading our WDC Insights blog and keeping an eye on our publications throughout 2016. Take our Christmas Quiz (10 questions) and see just how well you can score on regional development and Western Region issues.
The answers are at the end with links to more information and the relevant posts.
County incomes and regional GDP statistics are released by the CSO annually. Disposable indicates the level of material wealth of households residing in different regions and is a better indicator of material well-being of citizens than GDP per person.
What county had the lowest household disposable income per person in 2013 and 2014?
Regional and local roads are the core of regional and rural transport. They are crucial to economic activity, and the importance of commuting to work across counties and to towns and cities is well recognised yet the regional and local roads grant allocation for 2016 was €298m, less than half that for 2009.
How many kilometres of regional and local roads are there in Ireland?
The jobs growth that is occurring in the Western Region in recent years has been strongly driven by self-employment. Between 2012 and 2015 the number of self-employed in the Western Region grew by significantly, and by much more than in the rest of the state. By how much did it grow?
It is interesting to look birth and death rates by county and the significant differences among them. There were 65,909 births in the state in 2015 of which 16% (10,527) were to mothers resident in the Western Region. The birth rate (Births per year per 1,000 population) nationally was 14.1 with the highest rate (17.4) in Fingal.
The lowest birth rate was in both counties Roscommon and Kerry. What was it?
- 12.6 Births per 1,000 population
- 9.1 Births per 1,000 population
- 11.8 Births per 1,000 population
In 2014 there were 40,797 active enterprises registered in the seven county Western Region. This was significantly lower than the number registered in 2008. In contrast, in the rest of the state the number in 2014 was just 1% below the 2008 figure.
How many more businesses were registered in the Western Region in 2008 than in 2014?
The Local Property Tax (LPT) is an annual self-assessed tax charged on the market value of all residential properties in the State. It came into effect in 2013 and is being administered by Revenue. The total number of properties returned for payment of the LPT in the Western Region was 354,400 in 2015 with 1.86 m properties returned for the state. In the state €427m in Local Property Tax was collected nationally in 2015.
How much was collected in the Western Region ?
The WDC has been highlighting rural broadband needs for more than a decade. It is a particular issue for our largely rural region
What proportion of premises covered by the National Broadband Plan area are in the Western Region?
Despite the importance of agriculture for employment in the region it contributed only a small amount to GVA in the West and Border regions. However, although only a small proportion of GVA is from Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing in these regions, they both make a substantial contribution to national Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing GVA.
What percentage share of national GVA from Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is produced by the Border Region?
Preliminary results for Census 2016 show that the population grew in most Irish counties, but it fell in some counties of the Western Region.
In how many counties of the Western Region did it fall?
- 2 counties
- 3 counties
- 5 counties
In 2015 Roscommon had the fifth highest level of new car registrations in the country. This is surprising for such a small county. What is the reason?
- Roscommon people love to drive new cars
- A car hire company operating in the county is registering the cars there
- In this county Santa brings new cars for Christmas every year
- County Incomes
Answer: 3) Donegal
For more on this see this post
- Regional and Local Roads
Answer: 2) 91,000kms
For more on this see the post here.
- Employment and jobs
Answer: 3) 13.6%
For more on this and other information about the jobs recovery see this post
- Vital Statistics
Answer: 3) 11.8
Read more about vital statistics in the Western Region counties here
- Enterprises in the Western Region
Answer: 1) 3,824
For more about enterprises in the Western Region and the varying trends among counties see this post
- Local Property Tax
Answer:1) €62.7m or 2) €61.4m
This time we accept either of two answers! According to the blog posted in September it was €62.7m but figures have been revised since then and are now €61.4. Read the blog post to find out more about the LPT or find the latest data here
Answer: 3) 34%
- Regional contribution to Agricultural output
Answer: 1) 14.4%
Read more about the regional GVA from different sectors and the contribution of regions to national output here.
- Population changes in the Western Region
Answer 2) 3 counties
The population fell in Donegal, Sligo and Mayo. For more on the preliminary results on census 2016 for the Western Region see this post and this post and this post which focuses on housing and vacancy rates or read our WDC Insights and reports available here https://www.wdc.ie/publications/reports-and-papers/ .
- New Vehicle registrations
Answer: 2) A car hire company operating in the county is registering the cars there
There is a Car Hire company office operating in Roscommon which taxes all new vehicles for the Car Hire Company (i.e. all the offices in Ireland) for the first time in the County – the figures in the previous post were based on the first taxing of the vehicle and not the registration. This company taxed 2,236 vehicles out of the 4,877 vehicles in 2015. That is nearly 45% of the new private cars licensed for the first time in the county.
How well did you do?
You got 9 or 10 answers correct–
CONGRATULATIONS! You really know a lot about regional development, the Western Region and the Western Development Commission’s work.
You got between 4 and 8 answers correct –
WELL DONE, a good score but some deficiencies in your knowledge. Perhaps you should read our WDC Insights posts more carefully in 2017!
You got between 0 and 3 answers correct
OH DEAR! Time to pay more attention to regional development and Western Region Issues. You’ll have to do some extra study over the holiday! Reread the WDC Insights blog and check out the WDC publications page and re-take the quiz in the New Year!