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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.

From TheJournal.ie State-hired vet shot more than 150 deer in Cork wildlife park over last four years Doneraile Park

State-hired vet shot more than 150 deer in Cork wildlife park over last four years

The marksman was paid on a ‘keep-what-you-kill basis’.

From TheJournal.ie 'This has gone on for too long': Gardaí and Dublin City Council in dispute over policing of Google protests Gemma O'Doherty

'This has gone on for too long': Gardaí and Dublin City Council in dispute over policing of Google protests

Internal correspondence shows how gardaí and DCC disagreed over the management of the protests.

From TheJournal.ie Topless teens, sexual harassment and aerosol flamethrowers: Dart users' complaints to Irish Rail Off The Rails

Topless teens, sexual harassment and aerosol flamethrowers: Dart users' complaints to Irish Rail

A new text alert system for complaining about anti-social behaviour on the service was launched this month.

From TheJournal.ie Children who swallowed foreign objects accounted for over 2,000 hospital attendances since 2015 Foreign Objects

Children who swallowed foreign objects accounted for over 2,000 hospital attendances since 2015

These figures were released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

From TheJournal.ie Cockroaches, mould and aggressive staff: Documents convey reality of life in homeless accommodation Dublin

Cockroaches, mould and aggressive staff: Documents convey reality of life in homeless accommodation

New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.

From TheJournal.ie 'This is f***ing insane': OPW staff emails show tensions over decision to ban visitor books from sites Data Protection

'This is f***ing insane': OPW staff emails show tensions over decision to ban visitor books from sites

The books were banned from sites such as Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol over data privacy concerns.

From TheJournal.ie Nursing home complaints: Allegations of sexual assault and unexplained injuries Allegations

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of sexual assault and unexplained injuries

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Are you brave enough?': RTÉ faced slew of demands to boycott in days leading up to Eurovision Boycott

'Are you brave enough?': RTÉ faced slew of demands to boycott in days leading up to Eurovision

RTÉ received dozens of emails in the days leading up to this year’s competition.

From TheJournal.ie 'What price democracy?': Why most county councils keep their meetings offline Noteworthy

'What price democracy?': Why most county councils keep their meetings offline

Just four of 31 local authorities offer webcasting of their proceedings.

From TheJournal.ie Minister sought guarantee for premium reductions but told 'it would be difficult to persuade insurers' Insurance Reform

Minister sought guarantee for premium reductions but told 'it would be difficult to persuade insurers'

Minister Michael D’Arcy has held meetings with various parties over the issue of insurance in recent months.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar receives dozens of similar emails from voters about FG boycott after Maria Bailey case Maria Bailey

Varadkar receives dozens of similar emails from voters about FG boycott after Maria Bailey case

FOI documents show correspondence sent to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the wake of the Maria Bailey swing fall case.

From TheJournal.ie Simon Harris tells HSE poor coverage of abortion services in west and north west 'is a real concern' Abortion

Simon Harris tells HSE poor coverage of abortion services in west and north west 'is a real concern'

In May, Harris spoke to representatives of the HSE about why abortion services are available in just half of maternity hospitals and units.

From TheJournal.ie Over 200 tonnes of unfit or illegal meat and food products seized at Irish ports since 2016 Dead Meat

Over 200 tonnes of unfit or illegal meat and food products seized at Irish ports since 2016

The meat was seized after failing to meet standards for import into Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'I will never trust you again': Complaints to IFCO reveal dissatisfaction over Irish film classifications Under Rated

'I will never trust you again': Complaints to IFCO reveal dissatisfaction over Irish film classifications

The office has received complaints about six films this year.

From TheJournal.ie Emails highlight confusion at Dublin City Council over unexpected change to Africa Day Farmleigh House

Emails highlight confusion at Dublin City Council over unexpected change to Africa Day

It added that an offer of funding was made by the Department of Foreign Affairs in March 2019, “at which stage Dublin City Council had finalised the local Africa Day programme”.

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

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

Tell us what you would like to see investigated.

From TheJournal.ie State pathologists observed 'multiple bodies' on trolleys at Waterford mortuary over 'years' Mortuary Controversy

State pathologists observed 'multiple bodies' on trolleys at Waterford mortuary over 'years'

Controversy about conditions at the mortuary first arose earlier this year.

From TheJournal.ie Huge confusion conveyed to Department after unexpected cancellation of flagship Africa Day event Farmleigh House

Huge confusion conveyed to Department after unexpected cancellation of flagship Africa Day event

There was much confusion about what events were on after the Department made a last-minute decision to take a different approach to Africa Day.

From TheJournal.ie 'Nothing short of a disgrace': Public slam Murphy over 'appalling and pathetic' co-living proposals Co Living

'Nothing short of a disgrace': Public slam Murphy over 'appalling and pathetic' co-living proposals

FOI documents show correspondence sent to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy from members of the public.

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.

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