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'It's a TRACKING app, where did those four minutes go?': Complaints made about Dublin Bus
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'It's a TRACKING app, where did those four minutes go?': Complaints made about Dublin Bus

Dec 28th 2017, 12:00 PM 42,126 Views 62 Comments

Some people took issue with proposed changes to public transport in the capital, while others complained about alleged dangerous driving.

Assault, theft and drunk and disorderly: 1,762 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year
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Assault, theft and drunk and disorderly: 1,762 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year

Dec 27th 2017, 6:15 AM 13,020 Views 35 Comments

Some 62 people were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, one was arrested for being drunk and in charge of a child under seven.

Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach
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Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach

Dec 25th 2017, 2:00 PM 16,432 Views 41 Comments

People wanted to talk to Varadkar about the Pride Parade, the Eighth Amendment and the cost of rent.

'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down
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'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down

Dec 24th 2017, 9:30 PM 18,573 Views 61 Comments

Although one critic wrote: “Thank God you’re finally off … back to the bog you came from.”

Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year
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Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year

Dec 23rd 2017, 7:30 AM 24,986 Views 23 Comments

Justin Trudeau got socks from Leo Varadkar (of course), among other presents.

'The minister is talking about the Man United game instead of the rail strike'
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'The minister is talking about the Man United game instead of the rail strike'

Dec 22nd 2017, 7:00 PM 16,021 Views 27 Comments

Industrial action by Irish Rail workers affected many commuters in November.

Gardaí working up to 100 hours a week for overtime payments of up to €68,500
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Gardaí working up to 100 hours a week for overtime payments of up to €68,500

Dec 22nd 2017, 12:05 AM 36,065 Views 95 Comments

Gardaí spent €107 million on overtime so far this year with one garda earning €68,641 in overtime alone.

'When are you going to bring in the army to drive the buses?': Complaints made during Bus Éireann strike
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'When are you going to bring in the army to drive the buses?': Complaints made during Bus Éireann strike

Dec 21st 2017, 6:00 AM 11,976 Views 25 Comments

Commuters were affected by three weeks of industrial action earlier this year.

Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff
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Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff

Dec 11th 2017, 12:05 AM 27,790 Views 31 Comments

The concerns are all raised in documents released by Hiqa (the Health and Quality Authority) to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

Woman has request to see changes made to her own data refused as database 'is blanked every two weeks'
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Woman has request to see changes made to her own data refused as database 'is blanked every two weeks'

Dec 5th 2017, 12:05 AM 47,154 Views 45 Comments

The woman had requested access to her own citizen’s data file under freedom of information.

'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused
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'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused

Nov 4th 2017, 6:05 AM 43,962 Views 112 Comments

Both the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Road Safety Authority have walked into a blizzard of criticism over the expansion of the Public Services Card (PSC).

Nama employee: 'The request is from Mick Wallace so trying to close off angles of attack in advance'
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Nama employee: 'The request is from Mick Wallace so trying to close off angles of attack in advance'

Sep 30th 2017, 12:05 AM 29,323 Views 66 Comments

Wallace has hit out at Nama for its lack of transparency and said the Freedom of Information Act has serious problems.

Behaviour of staff top reason for complaints about maternity services at Portlaoise
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Behaviour of staff top reason for complaints about maternity services at Portlaoise

Sep 24th 2017, 6:05 AM 22,002 Views 38 Comments

Half of the complaints were about staff behaviour and three were about the care received.

HSE spent almost €300k burying people who were homeless or had no known family
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HSE spent almost €300k burying people who were homeless or had no known family

Sep 5th 2017, 6:00 AM 10,767 Views 29 Comments

The money was spent over the last three years.

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal
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'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal

Aug 26th 2017, 12:05 AM 12,506 Views 11 Comments

HSE and Vertex employees were working long hours behind the scenes to secure the historic agreement.

Garda overtime bill soars to €60.5 million for first six months of 2017
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Garda overtime bill soars to €60.5 million for first six months of 2017

Aug 17th 2017, 6:15 AM 11,039 Views 59 Comments

That means it has grown by 57% for January to June compared to the same period last year.

€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election
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€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election

Jul 31st 2017, 7:47 AM 18,774 Views 64 Comments

199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.

Cockroaches, mould and chronic drug abuse in front of children - life in homeless accommodation
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Cockroaches, mould and chronic drug abuse in front of children - life in homeless accommodation

Jul 24th 2017, 12:05 AM 13,474 Views 31 Comments

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

HSE misallocated latest request from sexual abuse survivor whose claims it lost for 3 years
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HSE misallocated latest request from sexual abuse survivor whose claims it lost for 3 years

Jun 26th 2017, 12:05 AM 13,946 Views 0 Comments

The HSE’s dealings with ‘Mary’ has seen it issue her with a number of apologies since 2010.

Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign
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Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign

Jun 24th 2017, 12:05 AM 26,312 Views 79 Comments

Newly-released FOI documents show that the Department had considered changing the title to something less forceful.

Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being 'bullied' by hospitals
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Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being 'bullied' by hospitals

Jun 11th 2017, 6:06 PM 28,477 Views 83 Comments

RTÉ’s This Week reported concerns around bullying of private health insurance holders.

'Like he slept in his clothes for a week' - no punches pulled in Dáil dress code complaints
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'Like he slept in his clothes for a week' - no punches pulled in Dáil dress code complaints

May 21st 2017, 12:05 AM 48,424 Views 72 Comments

TheJournal.ie has gained access to all public complaints to the Ceann Comhairle regarding the standard of dress in Dáil Éireann.

'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi
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'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi

May 7th 2017, 6:45 AM 11,893 Views 5 Comments

A deal on the cystic fibrosis drug was finally reached last month.

'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home
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'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home

Apr 10th 2017, 6:10 AM 21,366 Views 38 Comments

The Commission into Mother and Baby Homes wrote to Minister Katherine Zappone before the ‘very shocking’ news broke.

Garda overtime rises massive 52% as pressure of battling Irish gangs takes its toll
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Garda overtime rises massive 52% as pressure of battling Irish gangs takes its toll

Apr 9th 2017, 12:05 AM 17,249 Views 50 Comments

Overtime increased by a huge extent last year with an additional €23.5 million paid out to the force’s 28 regional divisions.

Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one year
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Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one year

Mar 6th 2017, 8:29 AM 16,205 Views 14 Comments

The animals were never in danger or a threat to any visitors, a spokesperson said.

The HSE has spent €3m upgrading its headquarters in the last five years
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The HSE has spent €3m upgrading its headquarters in the last five years

Mar 2nd 2017, 12:01 AM 14,584 Views 24 Comments

This includes €1.3 million on basement refurbishment in 2016 and over €92,000 on canteen renovations in 2015.

Gardaí spent €93,000 in five months on media training at the Communications Clinic
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Gardaí spent €93,000 in five months on media training at the Communications Clinic

Mar 1st 2017, 12:05 AM 16,460 Views 45 Comments

All told the force has spent nearly €114,000 on media training in the past two-and-a-half-years.

'Admin error' that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breach
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'Admin error' that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breach

Feb 15th 2017, 1:18 PM 19,118 Views 53 Comments

Documents released under an FOI show that the incident wasn’t listed among 103 data protection breaches reported between April 2014 and April 2015.

Fine Gael senator who got €30k after losing his Dáil seat has only repaid €2k
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Fine Gael senator who got €30k after losing his Dáil seat has only repaid €2k

Feb 13th 2017, 6:10 AM 24,622 Views 29 Comments

Six members of the Dáil and Seanad received termination payments last year.

Five people died in prison custody last year
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Five people died in prison custody last year

Jan 25th 2017, 6:20 AM 5,825 Views 7 Comments

The cause of death in all five cases is yet to be determined.

It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
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It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims

Jan 22nd 2017, 7:45 AM 21,989 Views 0 Comments

Sipo has ruled that Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation, something he has strongly denied.

From alleged aggression to dog allergies: Why people complain about taxi drivers
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From alleged aggression to dog allergies: Why people complain about taxi drivers

Jan 1st 2017, 7:15 AM 12,428 Views 39 Comments

“The driver, to my surprise, took offence … saying that he didn’t need to take such abuse and he is not bringing me home but kicking me out.”

Here are the most common reasons people complain about taxis
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Here are the most common reasons people complain about taxis

Dec 31st 2016, 7:15 AM 21,298 Views 56 Comments

Most of the complaint outcomes involved no further action as the complainant didn’t respond or there was no evidence of an offence.

Inaccurate 'real time' information and food defrosting: Why people get angry at Bus Éireann
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Inaccurate 'real time' information and food defrosting: Why people get angry at Bus Éireann

Dec 30th 2016, 10:15 PM 27,696 Views 47 Comments

One passenger described the ‘real time’ system as “more like random number generators as they are never accurate”.

'Privatise the bloody service': The complaints sent to Shane Ross during the Dublin Bus strike
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'Privatise the bloody service': The complaints sent to Shane Ross during the Dublin Bus strike

Dec 29th 2016, 7:15 AM 10,302 Views 22 Comments

People urged the transport minister to intervene, saying the strike was having a negative impact on their lives.

'You'll look like a God': How people thought the Luas dispute could be solved
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'You'll look like a God': How people thought the Luas dispute could be solved

Dec 27th 2016, 6:30 AM 11,378 Views 6 Comments

Here’s what members of the public thought about the strike – one of the biggest talking points of 2016.

Enda Kenny really likes to give people crystal bowls
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Enda Kenny really likes to give people crystal bowls

Dec 25th 2016, 7:00 AM 8,862 Views 21 Comments

Sometimes with shamrock, sometimes without.

Abortion, Syria and autograph requests - a look through the Taoiseach's post
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Abortion, Syria and autograph requests - a look through the Taoiseach's post

Dec 24th 2016, 7:15 AM 7,637 Views 18 Comments

Some people love him and some people don’t.

Division by division breakdown: Over €54 million spend on garda overtime
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Division by division breakdown: Over €54 million spend on garda overtime

Dec 22nd 2016, 6:45 AM 12,097 Views 58 Comments

The bill for the Dublin divisions made up 62% of the overall spend.