Low uptake of Free Legal Advice Centre services in Donegal

The number of people seeking the help of free legal advice centres in Donegal fell by over 40% last year according to figures published this morning by the legal rights group FLAC.

The centre in Letterkenny and Gweedore dealt with 41 calls in 2012, compared to 70 the previous year, a drop of 41.4%. That's one of the lowest figures in the country.

The bulk of queries in Donegal were in relation to family issues, credit and debt and queries about wills. FLAC says there's been a national increase in questions of housing and landlord & tenant law. However, that trend has been bucked in Donegal with just one query last year compared to nine in 2011.

FLAC has published its annual report for 2012 today which the group says shows there is a need for accessible legal information, advice and fairer systems.

Nationanlly, over 25,400 people accessed FLAC's advice centres and phone lines last year.

Noeline Blackwell, is the Director General of FLAC - she's calling on the government to address the issues thrown up in the report............