Leitrim needs the creation of jobs to help maintain the county's population.

The population of County Leitrim dropped by 6.4 per cent in the five years leading up to the 1991 population census. The county now has a population of just over 25,000 people having once had a population of over 150,000 people. Leitrim has had record levels of emigration from towns and villages. Unemployment is higher than the national average and Leitrim has the lowest per capita income of any county in the country.

Many argue that Leitrim has been neglected by the powers that be. While the government's policy is decentralisation is well under way, the town of Carrick-on-Shannon is not included in the plans. The County Development Authority argues that Leitrim is in dire need of a relocated government department.

Dorothy Clarke, Assistant County Development Officer says action is needed if the population is to be maintained. She appeals to the government to create jobs in the area and reverse the emigration trend.

Something must be done for Leitrim.

A detailed report outlining Leitrim's case has been sent to the Minister for Finance in a direct appeal for a decentralised department for the county. This submission is likely to be followed by a deputation to argue the case for an injection of civil servants to the region.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 January 1992. The reporter is Eileen Magnier.