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From TheJournal.ie CityJet and Stobart Air asked government for six-month bailout to ensure their survival after Covid-19 Aviation

CityJet and Stobart Air asked government for six-month bailout to ensure their survival after Covid-19

The airlines accounted for over 13% of air traffic at Ireland’s airports before the pandemic.

From TheJournal.ie HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic Coronavirus

HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic

New figures show the health service spent more than €1 million on advertising in the first two months of the crisis.

From TheJournal.ie Information Commissioner calls for incoming government to 'improve' Freedom of Information Act Peter Tyndall

Information Commissioner calls for incoming government to 'improve' Freedom of Information Act

Peter Tyndall was commenting as he published his officer’s annual report for 2019.

From TheJournal.ie Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April Clusters

Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April

Many complainants raised concerns about social distancing and infection control measures in homes as the virus spread.

From TheJournal.ie Masturbation, sex toys and multiple partners: Emails show how the HSE drafted its Covid-19 sex guidelines Let's Talk About Sex

Masturbation, sex toys and multiple partners: Emails show how the HSE drafted its Covid-19 sex guidelines

The guidelines were drafted late in March after a radio interview by the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Water staff threatened with machete and pelted with rocks 21 Instances

Irish Water staff threatened with machete and pelted with rocks

An incident log shows that 21 instances of assault or abuse were reported by staff since 2017.

From TheJournal.ie Copper Face Jacks, Tayto and Bohemians FC sent warning letters by Dublin City Council over murals Mural High Ground

Copper Face Jacks, Tayto and Bohemians FC sent warning letters by Dublin City Council over murals

The council sent 35 letters under the Planning and Development Act in recent years.

From TheJournal.ie It cost almost €70,000 to police the three winter tractor protests Tractor Friction

It cost almost €70,000 to police the three winter tractor protests

Over half of that was spent on barriers to block tractors from gaining access to Kildare Street, where Leinster House is located.

From TheJournal.ie 'Absolute disgrace': RTÉ Gold listeners wrote to Dee Forbes expressing 'devastation' over station closure RTÉ Gold

'Absolute disgrace': RTÉ Gold listeners wrote to Dee Forbes expressing 'devastation' over station closure

That’s according to records released by RTÉ’s Freedom of Information unit.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil mayors accepted invitations to controversial RIC event before later criticising it Dublin Castle

Fianna Fáil mayors accepted invitations to controversial RIC event before later criticising it

The commemoration was cancelled by the government after it proved controversial last month.

From TheJournal.ie An Garda Síochána considered place for RUC in force's museum as part of Decade of Centenaries Dublin Castle

An Garda Síochána considered place for RUC in force's museum as part of Decade of Centenaries

The proposal was one of a number of considerations put forward by the force last year.

From TheJournal.ie Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope Francis visit will cost over €800,000 to restore Billed Gates

Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope Francis visit will cost over €800,000 to restore

The Office of Public Works hopes the gates will be rehung by the end of this year.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil pigeons, Four Courts rats and museum mice among dozens of pest callouts to OPW sites Under Control

Dáil pigeons, Four Courts rats and museum mice among dozens of pest callouts to OPW sites

Companies were called more than 50 times by the OPW over a two-year period.

From TheJournal.ie Justice Department tried to soothe 'nonsense' RIC commemoration concerns Department Of Justice

Justice Department tried to soothe 'nonsense' RIC commemoration concerns

Internal records show how controversy started to build from 2 January – three days before the Clare mayor announced his boycott.

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 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 '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 '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 'A volatile and dangerous situation': Passengers file complaints about security staff on the Luas Complaints

'A volatile and dangerous situation': Passengers file complaints about security staff on the Luas

Earlier this year, footage emerged of altercations involving passengers and Luas security staff.

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 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 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.

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