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From TheJournal.ie 'A massacre of nature': How members of the public alerted the government to out-of-season hedge cutting Wildlife Act

'A massacre of nature': How members of the public alerted the government to out-of-season hedge cutting

A selection of complaints was released under the Freedom of Information Act.

From TheJournal.ie Government officials had 'serious reservations' about broadband plan cost before final tender was submitted FOI

Government officials had 'serious reservations' about broadband plan cost before final tender was submitted

Documents released under FOI show how members of the Cabinet privately raised concerns about the plan.

From TheJournal.ie Rotunda hospital chief warns of 'intolerable safety crisis' for premature babies Overcrowding

Rotunda hospital chief warns of 'intolerable safety crisis' for premature babies Exclusive

Intensive care unit saw outbreak of infection affect eight babies – with the death of one infant referred to coroner.

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí felt use of non-Irish actors in recruitment ads aimed at minorities would amount to 'tokenism' New Recruits

Gardaí felt use of non-Irish actors in recruitment ads aimed at minorities would amount to 'tokenism'

The new campaign ran for three weeks in April at a cost of more than €400,000.

From TheJournal.ie 'The public has a right to know': Is Ireland's Freedom of Information Act facing an existential crisis? Freedom Of Information

'The public has a right to know': Is Ireland's Freedom of Information Act facing an existential crisis?

Court rulings and a lack of resources could be undermining Ireland’s transparency laws.

From TheJournal.ie Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US Letters From America

Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US

Fine Gael voted against the Bill, which passed second stage in the Dáil this year.

From TheJournal.ie €28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years Noteworthy

€28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years

For the first time ever, the Department of Public Expenditure has refused access to individual pensions for former ministers and officeholders

From TheJournal.ie 'Hugely embarrassing': Emails to RTÉ show pushback against calls for Eurovision boycott FOI

'Hugely embarrassing': Emails to RTÉ show pushback against calls for Eurovision boycott

RTÉ received almost three times as many emails objecting to a boycott as emails calling for one between January and April.

From TheJournal.ie An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie Noteworthy

An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie

Tell us what you would like to see investigated.

From TheJournal.ie 'This cannot happen': Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan FOI

'This cannot happen': Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan

Plans for the line were changed this year following local opposition on both sides of Dublin.

From TheJournal.ie Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes Social Housing
From TheJournal.ie 'Be the hero, not the villain': Protesting students wrote to Taoiseach urging him to take climate action Climate Change

'Be the hero, not the villain': Protesting students wrote to Taoiseach urging him to take climate action

Thousands of students attended climate change demonstrations across the country in March.

From TheJournal.ie Fears over legal challenge 'disrupting' asylum seekers led to Direct Provision centre being scrapped Rooskey

Fears over legal challenge 'disrupting' asylum seekers led to Direct Provision centre being scrapped

The proposal was affected by a number of legal and planning issues, as well as suspected arson attacks.

From TheJournal.ie DCC's Keegan says criticism 'near hysterical' over him calling homeless services 'attractive' option Dublin City Council

DCC's Keegan says criticism 'near hysterical' over him calling homeless services 'attractive' option

That is according to correspondence obtained by TheJournal.ie under Freedom of Information.

From TheJournal.ie Meningitis C vaccination rates of 'critical concern' as anti-vax sentiment pushes take-up rates below targets Noteworthy

Meningitis C vaccination rates of 'critical concern' as anti-vax sentiment pushes take-up rates below targets

Targets for immunisation were over 20% below what they were supposed to be in some parts of the country.

From TheJournal.ie Library staff and social workers among 110 Dublin council staff assaulted during work last year Assaulted

Library staff and social workers among 110 Dublin council staff assaulted during work last year Exclusive

Those who fell victim to physical attacks included library staff, park workers as well as street cleaners.

From TheJournal.ie Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers FOI

Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers

Applicants are suspended if they refuse two offers of housing within a year.

From TheJournal.ie Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official Too Expensive

Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official

The watch, believed to be worth close to €8,000, may be sold and the money used for charitable purposes.

From TheJournal.ie 'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA Jim Daly

'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA

Jim Daly contacted the authority after his constituents raised concerns about the ad.

From TheJournal.ie 'The Freedom of Information Act is dead': High Court rules against Information Commissioner in UCC finding Information Commissioner

'The Freedom of Information Act is dead': High Court rules against Information Commissioner in UCC finding

The ruling is believed to have huge implications for the application of the Act.

From TheJournal.ie 'Farmers wouldn't keep cows in this': Complaints over mould, leaks at Dublin Direct Provision centre Watergate House

'Farmers wouldn't keep cows in this': Complaints over mould, leaks at Dublin Direct Provision centre

The centre accommodated around 50 asylum seekers before it closed last June.

From TheJournal.ie 'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

A number of people wrote to Leo Varadkar during last month’s strike.

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period FOI

Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period

The requirement was introduced by gardaí in 2010 to help GSOC gather evidence.

From TheJournal.ie Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018 Ireland Connected

Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018

Figures obtained under FOI show how each Department spent on St Patrick’s Day last year.

From TheJournal.ie 'A disgusting example': Road Safety Authority sent dozens of complaints over L-driver ad campaign Clancy Amendment

'A disgusting example': Road Safety Authority sent dozens of complaints over L-driver ad campaign

The ad warning learner motorists not to drive unaccompanied began airing in December.

From TheJournal.ie 'Unenforceable and unworkable': Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions Lobbying

'Unenforceable and unworkable': Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions

Laws prohibiting the advertising of alcohol within 200 metres of schools will come into effect later this year.

From TheJournal.ie 'This will be tricky': Diplomacy at RTÉ after public urged broadcaster to boycott Eurovison 2019 Israel Palestine

'This will be tricky': Diplomacy at RTÉ after public urged broadcaster to boycott Eurovison 2019

Last June, Israeli media queried why Ireland had yet to confirm its participation in Eurovision 2019.

From TheJournal.ie Man fined for exposure among 24 people reported for sexual assault at Irish colleges in six years Metoo

Man fined for exposure among 24 people reported for sexual assault at Irish colleges in six years

There were no reports of sexual assault by students in half of Irish colleges between 2012 and 2018.

From TheJournal.ie Government pressurised to end citizenship for Irish-born children due to terrorism fears Secret Memorandum

Government pressurised to end citizenship for Irish-born children due to terrorism fears

A newly released memo says the Department of Justice wanted to “eliminate” the attractiveness of Ireland for migrants.

From TheJournal.ie Government won't release Public Services Card report due to 'public interest' fears Freedom Of Information

Government won't release Public Services Card report due to 'public interest' fears

The group intends to appeal this decision to the Office of the Information Commissioner.

From TheJournal.ie TDs claim €1,000 in subsistence payments for five-day Swiss trip TD Expenses

TDs claim €1,000 in subsistence payments for five-day Swiss trip

These expenses do not not cover the cost of travel, hotel, taxis, telephone or car parking.

From TheJournal.ie Motorist caught cheating twice in same theory test - once with a bluetooth device Freedom Of Information

Motorist caught cheating twice in same theory test - once with a bluetooth device

Six people were caught cheating in their theory test by RSA officials between 2017 and 2018.

From TheJournal.ie Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues HIQA

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues

The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

From TheJournal.ie Luas elevators have been out-of-order for over 1,000 hours in last two years Public Transport

Luas elevators have been out-of-order for over 1,000 hours in last two years

The service provider said vandalism is the cause in a number of cases.

From TheJournal.ie Did you sit your driving test this year? Here are the pass rates for each RSA test centre for 2018 On The Road

Did you sit your driving test this year? Here are the pass rates for each RSA test centre for 2018

Data released to TheJournal.ie showed the pass rates for each centre where a car tests was carried out this year.

From TheJournal.ie 'You want the Eighth repealed because of Brexit': Letters sent to Varadkar about abortion referendum Abortion

'You want the Eighth repealed because of Brexit': Letters sent to Varadkar about abortion referendum

This year the country voted by 66.4% to 33.6% to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

From TheJournal.ie Over 3,500 people refused entry to Ireland last year including 487 Albanians and 459 Brazilians Immigration Control
From TheJournal.ie County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences FOI

County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences

The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 108,104.

From TheJournal.ie 'Pessimistic' alerts and Dublin bias among complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2018 Kicking Up A Storm

'Pessimistic' alerts and Dublin bias among complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2018

It was an eventful year for Irish forecasters – but the public weren’t always happy with their predictions.

From TheJournal.ie Harassment and drink driving: 181 Irish people arrested by Greater Manchester Police this year FOI

Harassment and drink driving: 181 Irish people arrested by Greater Manchester Police this year

One Irish person was arrested for attempted murder over this period.

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