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From TheJournal.ie 'An issue of systemic importance': Supreme Court FOI ruling will alter public's relationship with State Freedom Of Information

'An issue of systemic importance': Supreme Court FOI ruling will alter public's relationship with State

When the Supreme Court decides on the future of FOI in Ireland, it will be the end of a glacial process.

From TheJournal.ie 'Not in the public interest': Supreme Court hears FOI law could 'scare' firms from working with State in future Freedom Of Information

'Not in the public interest': Supreme Court hears FOI law could 'scare' firms from working with State in future

The claim was made during appeal against two rulings last year brought by the Information Commissioner.

From TheJournal.ie 'I don't have to tell you': Public bodies may no longer have to justify FOI refusals, Supreme Court hears Freedom Of Information

'I don't have to tell you': Public bodies may no longer have to justify FOI refusals, Supreme Court hears

An appeal against two rulings last year has been brought by the Information Commissioner.

From TheJournal.ie 'Significant restrictions' on emergency helicopter service on days when Air Corps not available Air Ambulance

'Significant restrictions' on emergency helicopter service on days when Air Corps not available

An internal Department of Defence briefing highlights the restrictions on where the Coast Guard helicopter can reach.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas spent over €207,000 on overseas travel in last 10 months Travel Expenses

Oireachtas spent over €207,000 on overseas travel in last 10 months

The cost includes more than €9,200 on business class flights to Paraguay for two senators.

From TheJournal.ie Chopping trees and controversial bridges: Latest news from Noteworthy Noteworthy

Chopping trees and controversial bridges: Latest news from Noteworthy

There are 44 open investigation proposals compiled from ideas sent to us by you, our readers.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Rail introducing measures to deal with reservations not appearing over pre-booked seats Complaints

Irish Rail introducing measures to deal with reservations not appearing over pre-booked seats

Customers have expressed frustration at their reservation name or number not appearing above the seat they have booked.

From TheJournal.ie Motorist who got someone else to sit theory exam was caught after RSA staff recognised impersonator Driver Theory Test

Motorist who got someone else to sit theory exam was caught after RSA staff recognised impersonator

The candidate was one of nine people who aroused suspicion during driver theory tests last year.

From TheJournal.ie Fungus growth and odours from corpses: 2012 report outlined conditions at Waterford hospital to HSE Waterford

Fungus growth and odours from corpses: 2012 report outlined conditions at Waterford hospital to HSE

The HSE approved €5.7 million in funding for a new mortuary earlier this year.

From TheJournal.ie 11 gardaí investigated for bullying following HR complaints in 2019 Workplace Issues

11 gardaí investigated for bullying following HR complaints in 2019

Statistics on bullying and harassment in the force were released under FOI laws.

From TheJournal.ie Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries HIQA

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Absolutely shambolic': Commuters slam Irish Rail call for Dart users to stagger morning journeys Overcrowding

'Absolutely shambolic': Commuters slam Irish Rail call for Dart users to stagger morning journeys

The PeakTime website was launched to try to reduce overcrowding on carriages during rush-hour.

From TheJournal.ie 'Second class citizens': Harris warned of the impact endometriosis is having on women's health Letters To Harris

'Second class citizens': Harris warned of the impact endometriosis is having on women's health

More than a dozen women told Harris of the devastating impact the condition has had on their lives.

From TheJournal.ie Murder, rape and drug offences: Over 1,100 Irish citizens arrested by Met Police this year Arrests

Murder, rape and drug offences: Over 1,100 Irish citizens arrested by Met Police this year

A total of 152 Irish people were arrested by Met Police for common assault.

From TheJournal.ie An ode to Lyric FM: Letters from the public ask RTÉ to protect their 'oasis of calm' Rte Cuts

An ode to Lyric FM: Letters from the public ask RTÉ to protect their 'oasis of calm'

“In our troubled world of Boris, Brexit, Trump and other forms of madness, Lyric is an oasis of culture, calm and beauty.”

From TheJournal.ie Irish drivers had over 500,000 penalty points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown Penalty Points

Irish drivers had over 500,000 penalty points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown

The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 106,545.

From TheJournal.ie Irish flags, vodka and a Che Guevara stamp: Gifts given and received by Varadkar and Coveney in 2019 For You

Irish flags, vodka and a Che Guevara stamp: Gifts given and received by Varadkar and Coveney in 2019

Books, hampers and historical gifts are often given to heads of state.

From TheJournal.ie Charlie Flanagan asked OPW not to cull 20 Phoenix Park deer and to send them to Laois instead Charlie Flanagan

Charlie Flanagan asked OPW not to cull 20 Phoenix Park deer and to send them to Laois instead

The minister wanted to have the deer relocated to a 250-acre estate in Laois.

From TheJournal.ie 84 politicians clock up €14,820 in Dáil restaurant debt Settling Up

84 politicians clock up €14,820 in Dáil restaurant debt

The debt is allowed under a new credit policy for Oireachtas staff.

From TheJournal.ie 'I expect more from you': Letters of complaint sent to the Taoiseach called on him to drop Verona Murphy By-election Controversy

'I expect more from you': Letters of complaint sent to the Taoiseach called on him to drop Verona Murphy

Leo Varadkar admits that the Verona Murphy controversy has caused reputational damage to Fine Gael.

From TheJournal.ie 'Abysmal' forecasting and 'embarrassing' alerts: The complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2019 Complaints

'Abysmal' forecasting and 'embarrassing' alerts: The complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2019

Some people took offence that the North isn’t included in forecasts, while others hit out at the new website.

From TheJournal.ie RTÉ 'committed' to improving Player after complaints about 'frustrating' and 'unusable' service Complaints

RTÉ 'committed' to improving Player after complaints about 'frustrating' and 'unusable' service

Viewers had issues watching the Rugby World Cup and other programmes.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar signed off on former Taoisigh special support plan four months after taking office SUPPORTS

Leo Varadkar signed off on former Taoisigh special support plan four months after taking office

New documents obtained under FOI detail what would be involved in the supports.

From TheJournal.ie Richard Bruton told BAI the Communicorp ban was 'antithetical to a free and open press' FOI

Richard Bruton told BAI the Communicorp ban was 'antithetical to a free and open press' Exclusive

The Communications Minister said it was a matter of “grave concern” that some journalists had been banned from radio stations.

From TheJournal.ie From wetland destruction to vaping lobbying: Latest news from Noteworthy Help Us Investigate

From wetland destruction to vaping lobbying: Latest news from Noteworthy

There are 35 investigation open investigation proposals compiled from ideas sent to us by you, our readers.

From TheJournal.ie Coastal greenway delayed as contractor hits drains and causes flooding Digging A Hole

Coastal greenway delayed as contractor hits drains and causes flooding

Solutions being put in place include a shallow trench and overflow pipe into the estuary.

From TheJournal.ie 'Heinous barbarism': Public urges Heritage Minister to introduce hare coursing ban Animal Welfare

'Heinous barbarism': Public urges Heritage Minister to introduce hare coursing ban

The sport sparked controversy following an RTÉ Investigates documentary in July.

From TheJournal.ie Power failures and overheating cause long-term outages at Ireland's 'most important' weather radar Shannon

Power failures and overheating cause long-term outages at Ireland's 'most important' weather radar

The Shannon Airport Rainfall Radar has been taken offline a number of times this year.

From TheJournal.ie Extinction Rebellion: Parks chief was worried removal of Merrion Square camp would look 'aggressive' Protest Camp

Extinction Rebellion: Parks chief was worried removal of Merrion Square camp would look 'aggressive'

The camp was set up by protesters during a week of demonstrations last month.

From TheJournal.ie Met Éireann blames media for 'over-sensationalising' Storm Lorenzo after receiving complaints Weather Warning

Met Éireann blames media for 'over-sensationalising' Storm Lorenzo after receiving complaints

Some people accused the national weather forecasting service of unnecessarily scaring the public.

From TheJournal.ie Noteworthy is six months old! Update from the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie Thanks To You

Noteworthy is six months old! Update from the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie

Since April, we’ve published almost 50 articles which were funded directly by our readers.

From TheJournal.ie Anti-LGBT preacher banned from Ireland over 'abusive' views which were 'likely to stir up hatred' Steven Anderson

Anti-LGBT preacher banned from Ireland over 'abusive' views which were 'likely to stir up hatred'

Steven Anderson was the first person to be issued with an exclusion order preventing him from entering Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Government officials clashed over roles on regulating children's access to porn after Ana Kriegel trial Porn Block

Government officials clashed over roles on regulating children's access to porn after Ana Kriegel trial

Two departments claimed they weren’t responsible for monitoring the issue.

From TheJournal.ie An Garda Síochána spent €14k on sandwich bags for members during US president's visit Trump Visit

An Garda Síochána spent €14k on sandwich bags for members during US president's visit

That was part of the €107,625 catering payment to the Trump Doonbeg resort in west Clare.

From TheJournal.ie Bus Éireann received more than 12,200 complaints from customers last year FOI

Bus Éireann received more than 12,200 complaints from customers last year

This represents 0.04% of the number of people who travelled on the service that year.

From TheJournal.ie RTÉ accused of neglecting child safety in war of words with Tusla ahead of Hyde and Seek exposé Hyde And Seek

RTÉ accused of neglecting child safety in war of words with Tusla ahead of Hyde and Seek exposé

The RTÉ documentary about the Hyde and Seek chain was broadcast on 24 July.

From TheJournal.ie Irish pronunciations and British royals cited as concerns during naming of 2019-20 winter storms Name Our Storms

Irish pronunciations and British royals cited as concerns during naming of 2019-20 winter storms

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show how this year’s storms were named.

From TheJournal.ie 'It is just pure anti-whiteism': NTA hit by complaints over anti-racism campaign FOI

'It is just pure anti-whiteism': NTA hit by complaints over anti-racism campaign

In August, the NTA launched a week-long public campaign to highlight experiences of racism.

From TheJournal.ie Update on Noteworthy, the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie Noteworthy

Update on Noteworthy, the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie

Since April, we’ve undertaken more than twenty projects, ten of which were funded directly by our readers.

From TheJournal.ie Life inside Ireland's disability services: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained bruising HIQA

Life inside Ireland's disability services: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained bruising

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

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