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Two international journalism awards for our investigative platform Noteworthy
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Two international journalism awards for our investigative platform Noteworthy

Oct 20th 2021, 12:30 PM 4,682 Views 0 Comments

The investigative team completed a number of collaborative projects in the past three months, thanks to your contributions.

'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation
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'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation

Sep 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 16,726 Views 14 Comments
  • Latest episode in controversy has seen concerns raised by journalists, transparency activists and opposition TDs, Stephen McDermott writes.
  • Simon Coveney set to appear before Oireachtas committee this morning, following admission last week that he deleted text messages.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs published 111 records relating to proposed Zappone appointment yesterday on foot of numerous FOI requests.
Sinn Féin calls for all documents related to Zappone appointment to be published
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Sinn Féin calls for all documents related to Zappone appointment to be published

Sep 3rd 2021, 3:56 PM 10,676 Views 84 Comments

TD Matt Carthy said the Department of Foreign Affairs should also clarify if any other relevant documents have been erased.

Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy
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Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy

Updated Sep 2nd 2021, 5:28 PM 42,454 Views 115 Comments

The fallout from the Zappone controversy continues.

Noteworthy investigations reveal biggest climate emitters and violent bike theft increase
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Noteworthy investigations reveal biggest climate emitters and violent bike theft increase

Jul 7th 2021, 8:00 PM 11,713 Views 0 Comments

The investigative platform completed four new projects in the past three months, thanks to your contributions.

Freedom of Information Act to be reviewed by government
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Freedom of Information Act to be reviewed by government

Jun 17th 2021, 6:46 PM 11,004 Views 8 Comments

The Act will be reviewed for the first time since being updated in 2014.

Noteworthy investigations expose environmental issues and analyse far-right activity
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Noteworthy investigations expose environmental issues and analyse far-right activity

Apr 22nd 2021, 12:30 PM 6,173 Views 9 Comments

The investigative platform completed five projects so far this year, thanks to your contributions.

'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'
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'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'

Apr 6th 2021, 4:46 PM 13,441 Views 16 Comments

Adopted people have called for long-awaited tracing and information legislation to be published as a matter of urgency.

Debunked: No, an FOI request did not show that RTÉ 'took orders' from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Debunked: No, an FOI request did not show that RTÉ 'took orders' from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Feb 14th 2021, 7:30 AM 35,442 Views 0 Comments

A post on Facebook suggests that the broadcaster received money from a number of international groups.

'I put an 11-week-old fetus into a little coffin': Student nurses to the Taoiseach in their own words
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'I put an 11-week-old fetus into a little coffin': Student nurses to the Taoiseach in their own words

Feb 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 59,793 Views 37 Comments

A number of nurses contacted Micheál Martin following a Dáil debate over pay in December

'I had to tell them their baby was dead': Student nurses to Stephen Donnelly in their own words
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'I had to tell them their baby was dead': Student nurses to Stephen Donnelly in their own words

Feb 1st 2021, 12:05 AM 101,758 Views 52 Comments

A number of nurses contacted the Health Minister following a Dáil debate over pay in December.

Nursing home complaints during Covid: Concerns over isolation and lack of social distancing
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Nursing home complaints during Covid: Concerns over isolation and lack of social distancing

Jan 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 30,287 Views 25 Comments

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

Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist
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Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist

Dec 29th 2020, 5:52 PM 46,355 Views 0 Comments

The claim originated in a series of posts by Anti-Corruption Ireland last week.

More than 500,000 people had points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
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More than 500,000 people had points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown

Dec 26th 2020, 7:30 AM 39,999 Views 31 Comments

A total of 510,269 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2020.

TDs and Senators rack up over €2,000 in arrears at Dáil bar and restaurant
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TDs and Senators rack up over €2,000 in arrears at Dáil bar and restaurant

Dec 25th 2020, 9:00 PM 70,778 Views 96 Comments

Figures obtained by TheJournal.ie show how much was owed by Dáil staff last month.

RTÉ says it's striving to improve Player amid complaints about 'frustrating' and 'ridiculous' service
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RTÉ says it's striving to improve Player amid complaints about 'frustrating' and 'ridiculous' service

Dec 25th 2020, 5:00 PM 64,913 Views 82 Comments

“To say this is frustrating would be a gross understatement,” one viewer wrote.

'Ciara caused a lot of hassle': Irish pronunciation leaves Dutch tongue-tied in naming of 2020-21 storms
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# Name Our Storms

'Ciara caused a lot of hassle': Irish pronunciation leaves Dutch tongue-tied in naming of 2020-21 storms

Oct 8th 2020, 6:15 AM 25,876 Views 33 Comments

Irish, UK and Dutch meteorologists recently collaborated on the winter storm names.

'A ruling of significant importance': Supreme Court orders re-opening of landmark FOI appeals
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'A ruling of significant importance': Supreme Court orders re-opening of landmark FOI appeals

Sep 25th 2020, 4:51 PM 23,186 Views 3 Comments

The country’s highest court made the order in two rulings today.

Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests
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Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests

Sep 14th 2020, 12:05 AM 50,621 Views 168 Comments

Parents, pupils and teachers have called for an update the school curriculum.

'I urge you to use common sense': Praise and criticism in public's emails to Leo during start of lockdown
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'I urge you to use common sense': Praise and criticism in public's emails to Leo during start of lockdown

Aug 18th 2020, 12:05 AM 52,341 Views 37 Comments

Correspondence sent to Varadkar shows how the public reacted to the crisis in its initial weeks.

Tusla suffers 23 'high risk' data breaches - including stolen files and loss of devices - since last year
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Tusla suffers 23 'high risk' data breaches - including stolen files and loss of devices - since last year

Aug 17th 2020, 6:30 AM 14,598 Views 9 Comments

The vast majority of the cases involved an “employee error or omission”.

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

Jun 21st 2020, 7:00 AM 16,384 Views 18 Comments

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

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

Jun 19th 2020, 6:30 AM 16,182 Views 11 Comments

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

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

Jun 17th 2020, 6:10 AM 6,573 Views 6 Comments

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

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

May 25th 2020, 12:05 AM 17,933 Views 25 Comments

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

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

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

May 5th 2020, 12:05 AM 88,553 Views 41 Comments

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

Irish Water staff threatened with machete and pelted with rocks
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Irish Water staff threatened with machete and pelted with rocks

Apr 15th 2020, 6:00 AM 27,390 Views 73 Comments

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

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

Mar 2nd 2020, 12:05 AM 98,007 Views 0 Comments

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

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

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

Feb 22nd 2020, 6:30 AM 13,579 Views 50 Comments

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

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

Feb 20th 2020, 6:00 AM 48,935 Views 31 Comments

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

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

Feb 19th 2020, 12:05 AM 42,444 Views 67 Comments

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

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

Feb 15th 2020, 10:00 PM 32,896 Views 55 Comments

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

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

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

Feb 14th 2020, 6:05 AM 89,541 Views 81 Comments

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

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

Feb 13th 2020, 12:05 AM 13,578 Views 21 Comments

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

Justice Department tried to soothe 'nonsense' RIC commemoration concerns
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Justice Department tried to soothe 'nonsense' RIC commemoration concerns

Feb 11th 2020, 6:00 AM 19,537 Views 10 Comments

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

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

Jan 18th 2020, 8:45 AM 18,375 Views 19 Comments

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

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

Jan 15th 2020, 7:16 PM 15,823 Views 12 Comments

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

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

Jan 14th 2020, 7:55 PM 24,626 Views 18 Comments

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

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

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

Jan 10th 2020, 6:10 AM 9,782 Views 14 Comments

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

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

Jan 8th 2020, 12:05 AM 14,065 Views 36 Comments

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

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