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

Jun 3rd 2019, 10:00 PM 22,026 Views 15 Comments

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

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

May 13th 2019, 12:05 AM 33,409 Views 38 Comments

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

Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes
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Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes

May 7th 2019, 12:05 AM 56,951 Views 59 Comments

5,500 people have turned down social housing since 2016.

Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers
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Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers

Apr 14th 2019, 7:30 AM 107,572 Views 113 Comments

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

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

Apr 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 58,147 Views 71 Comments

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

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

Apr 8th 2019, 12:05 AM 44,985 Views 84 Comments

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

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

Mar 25th 2019, 12:05 AM 26,802 Views 47 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 17th 2019, 12:05 AM 18,734 Views 14 Comments

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

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

Mar 10th 2019, 8:30 AM 12,462 Views 13 Comments

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

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

Mar 9th 2019, 12:05 AM 38,043 Views 69 Comments

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

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

Feb 24th 2019, 12:05 AM 77,235 Views 237 Comments

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

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

Feb 21st 2019, 12:05 AM 21,273 Views 42 Comments

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

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

Feb 17th 2019, 9:30 AM 32,353 Views 19 Comments

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

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

Updated Jan 14th 2019, 7:33 PM 89,586 Views 104 Comments

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

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

Updated Jan 7th 2019, 7:00 AM 52,616 Views 42 Comments

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

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

Jan 5th 2019, 4:00 PM 21,618 Views 23 Comments

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

Nearly €20,000 was spent on cigarettes in the Dáil bar this year
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Nearly €20,000 was spent on cigarettes in the Dáil bar this year

Dec 31st 2018, 7:00 AM 17,593 Views 34 Comments

Over 1,700 packets were sold in the year to 15 October.

Here's how many thousands of pints of Guinness were sold in the Dáil bar this year
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Here's how many thousands of pints of Guinness were sold in the Dáil bar this year

Dec 30th 2018, 7:00 AM 29,610 Views 35 Comments

Who was it necking the shot?

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

Dec 29th 2018, 12:05 AM 69,964 Views 45 Comments

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

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

Dec 28th 2018, 4:00 PM 20,022 Views 14 Comments

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

County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences
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County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences

Dec 26th 2018, 11:00 PM 35,266 Views 35 Comments

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

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

Dec 26th 2018, 9:00 PM 61,471 Views 40 Comments

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

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

Dec 26th 2018, 7:30 AM 14,665 Views 10 Comments

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

A book about golf for Trump and seeds for Christine Lagarde: The gifts Varadkar gave in 2018
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A book about golf for Trump and seeds for Christine Lagarde: The gifts Varadkar gave in 2018

Dec 26th 2018, 7:00 AM 12,608 Views 12 Comments

Bodhráns, jerseys and crystal bowls were also handed out.

Murder, assault and drug offences: Over 1,200 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year
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Murder, assault and drug offences: Over 1,200 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year

Dec 24th 2018, 12:05 AM 21,807 Views 52 Comments

A total of 145 Irish people were arrested by Met Police for common assault.

Dublin City Council made almost €100,000 from impounding hundreds of cars this year
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Dublin City Council made almost €100,000 from impounding hundreds of cars this year

Dec 22nd 2018, 10:00 PM 17,682 Views 38 Comments

More than 800 cars were impounded by the council during the first nine months of the year.

Staff at Garda press office split €115,000 in overtime during first year of Disclosures Tribunal
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Staff at Garda press office split €115,000 in overtime during first year of Disclosures Tribunal

Nov 6th 2018, 12:05 AM 22,810 Views 25 Comments

New figures show the cost of overtime at the office rose by 653% in 2017.

Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights
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Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights

Nov 2nd 2018, 12:05 AM 30,032 Views 84 Comments

An email released under the Freedom of Information Act shows how Zappone had ‘very serious’ concerns ahead of the visit.

'Moronic', 'odious', 'vile': How public expressed anger at Tánaiste's claim that Donald Trump is not racist
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'Moronic', 'odious', 'vile': How public expressed anger at Tánaiste's claim that Donald Trump is not racist

Oct 31st 2018, 12:05 AM 45,602 Views 88 Comments

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show how the public reacted to a now-postponed visit by Trump to Ireland.

Bed bugs, used needles and rat droppings - life inside homeless accommodation
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Bed bugs, used needles and rat droppings - life inside homeless accommodation

Aug 27th 2018, 12:05 AM 13,765 Views 33 Comments

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

During the drought, some areas were losing half of their water supply because of leaks
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During the drought, some areas were losing half of their water supply because of leaks

Aug 18th 2018, 12:05 AM 18,371 Views 94 Comments

While the country faced water restrictions, 50% of water was leaking in some Irish Water schemes.

Dozens of 'non-existent' emails between former Minister for Justice and PR firm discovered
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Dozens of 'non-existent' emails between former Minister for Justice and PR firm discovered

Aug 17th 2018, 1:44 PM 72,559 Views 81 Comments

Communications to and from Terry Prone’s PR company were discovered following an FOI request by transparency group Right to Know.

Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services
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Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services

Aug 4th 2018, 12:05 AM 19,909 Views 18 Comments

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

Adoption scandal: Officials questioned whether telling those affected would 'do more harm than good'
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# St Patrick's Guild

Adoption scandal: Officials questioned whether telling those affected would 'do more harm than good'

Jul 6th 2018, 12:05 AM 18,434 Views 46 Comments

There may be more people than the 126 identified so far caught up in the St Patrick’s Guild adoption scandal.

'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC
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'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC

Jun 5th 2018, 12:05 AM 48,937 Views 56 Comments

New documents show the department was concerned with the fallout from Shane Ross bringing a stop to efforts to make a PSC mandatory when applying for a driver’s licence.

Politicians made nearly 5,000 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of their constituents
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Politicians made nearly 5,000 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of their constituents

May 28th 2018, 12:05 AM 22,856 Views 25 Comments

Five TDs – including a minister – made over 100 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of individuals in the last two years.

At least €2 million ploughed into PSC / driving licence project -  before Shane Ross pulled the plug because it wasn't legal
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At least €2 million ploughed into PSC / driving licence project - before Shane Ross pulled the plug because it wasn't legal

May 14th 2018, 12:05 AM 64,217 Views 81 Comments

The Road Safety Authority had scrambled to get its house in order for the PSC introduction, only for the initiative to be dropped suddenly and at the last minute in March of this year.

US hospital tried to speak to the Children's Hospital Group before launch of abandoned Phoenix name
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US hospital tried to speak to the Children's Hospital Group before launch of abandoned Phoenix name

May 6th 2018, 8:00 AM 16,483 Views 37 Comments

Last month Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed the name Phoenix Children’s Health would not be used on foot of a threatened legal action from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona.

Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink
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Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink

Mar 13th 2018, 7:53 PM 29,293 Views 18 Comments

Pest control companies attended the hospital more than 120 times last year.

'Laughable', 'a joke', 'cynical', 'opportunistic' - Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis
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'Laughable', 'a joke', 'cynical', 'opportunistic' - Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis

Jan 14th 2018, 9:00 PM 44,407 Views 87 Comments

The introduction of a universal subsidy for childcare in September saw many creches across the country raise their fees at the same time.