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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 20 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 9

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Incomes Statistics.


asked the Taoiseach the percentage domestic incomes in the following categories for a 12 month period to the latest available date (a) wages and salaries, (b) farmers' incomes, (c) other domestic incomes and (d) industrial profits; and the number of people covered in each category.

With your permission, Sir, I propose to circulate in the Official Report a statement giving the information on incomes requested by the Deputy for the years 1967 and 1968 in so far as it is available. It is not possible to state how many people are covered by each income category as some persons are recipients of more than one type of income and in addition some of the recipients are not in the labour force.

Following is the statement:

Percentage distribution of domestic income

Type of income





Wages and salaries



Income from self-employment and other trading income from agriculture and fishing



Industrial profits



Other income





* Preliminary.

† Before adjustment for stock appreciation.


asked the Taoiseach the average weekly income in 1968 of those engaged in (a) on the land and (b) in industry.

The average weekly earnings of industrial workers engaged in transportable goods industries were £13 16s in the year ended December, 1968. This figure is derived from the data on weekly earnings collected in the quarterly industrial inquiries.

No comparable series exists in respect of agricultural activity for which the information available is in a different form. Preliminary estimates for the year 1968 indicate that total income arising in agriculture, excluding land annuities, amounted to £188 million; this covers wages and salaries of employees and income from self-employment and other trading income, as defined in the national accounts. The estimated number of persons whose principal occupation was in agriculture in 1968 was 306,000. These two aggregates which are not strictly comparable in scope and coverage yield an average of about £11 17s per week.