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90pc consider leaving

YOUNG people in rural areas have given up on Ireland, with nine out of 10 considering emigration, according to Irish Rural Link's CEO Seamus Boland. Mr Boland said a new white paper on rural development is badly needed.

Citing the demise of rural garda stations and rural services, and the rise in unemployment and emigration, Mr Boland said "there is no policy for rural Ireland". While not all those considering emigration will leave, Mr Boland said: "They have given up effectively on this country."

Row over €25m notes

A PEOPLE-Before-Profit TD wants to challenge the payment next month by the Government of a further €25m in promissory notes. Joan Collins, for Dublin South Central, was yesterday given permission by the High Court to challenge the next payment of the notes, which were obtained to pay for the €30bn recapitalisation of the Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide and the Educational Building Society.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said the matter could come before the court next Thursday following an application made on Ms Collins' behalf.

Volunteers' van stolen

Gardai are hunting a thief who stole a van being used by members of Portarlington Lions Club in Co Laois. The thief waited until the Lions Club members had left before making off with the vehicle on Wednesday night.

The Lions Club volunteers were erecting the posters promoting a trade fair when the thief struck at about 8.15pm. The blue Toyota Dyna was driven off at speed. The registration number is 97 KE 3987.

Patients' uphill battle

Patients who embark on medical negligence claims face a 'David and Goliath' battle, a conference has been told. The conference in Dublin was told that 100,000 so-called "adverse events" were reported by the HSE last year and while many involved slips, trips and falls, others were more serious.

Solicitor Liam Moloney, speaking at the conference organised by Action Against Medical Accidents yesterday, said despite this just 635 summonses were issued in 2010.

Irish Independent