THE Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland said it was "extremely worrying" that 1,235 registered nurses applied for certificates to work abroad in the first 10 months of the year. The figures equate to about 123 nurses per month who want to leave Ireland in search of work.
The majority – 685 – were issued to the UK and a further 550 were destined for Australia. It's estimated that about 5,000 nurses left Ireland between 2009 and 2012 – lured abroad to the likes of Australia and Canada where their skills are in high demand.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said that the figures were extremely worrying.
INMO general secretary Liam Doran said that the exodus was "bizarre and unforgivable".
ACTORS JOIN IN GAY LAW PROTEST
ACTORS Jonah Hill, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell are among a batch of celebrities donning Russian-language "Love Conquers Hate" T-shirts to show support for gays in Russia alarmed by a new law banning pro-gay "propaganda."
It's part of an initiative launched by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest US gay-rights group. Other celebrities joining the T-shirt campaign include Kelly Osbourne and Ricky Martin.
SOLDIERS POSED WITH COP KILLERS
BRITISH soldiers shot dead by two rogue Afghan policemen had been posing for pictures with their suspected killers just minutes before the attack, an inquest has been told.
Cpl Brent McCarthy (25) and L/Cpl Lee Davies (27) died in an attack at an Afghan police base in Helmand province on May 12 last year.
The inquest was shown photos including one of Cpl McCarthy with one of the policemen each a weapon, and another showing both Afghans posing for the camera.
ELVIS TEST FOR PREGNANT BEARS
ZOOS around the US will soon find out whether a beagle named Elvis can let them know when their polar bears are pregnant.
The dog's training could help confirm pregnancies in the bears, and help zoo staff better prepare environments for the threatened species.