It’s emerged that the the North Donegal Money Advice Budgeting Service (MABS) has an average waiting time of 20 weeks, the longest in the country and five times the state average of four weeks.
North Donegal MABS also has the highest number of number of people awaiting their first appointment at 160.
In contrast, waiting time in South Donegal is 6 weeks, with four people on the waiting list.
The issue was raised by DeputyPadraig Mac Lochlainn, who described the figures as “shocking”.
He says Social Protection Minister Joan Burton must intervenen as a matter of urgency…………