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It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
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It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims

Oct 22nd 2016, 6:10 AM 41,235 Views 0 Comments

The disputed expense claims date back to 2006 and 2007, when Brian Ó Domhnaill was a member of Donegal County Council.

Staff member in disabled care home accused of "verbal and psychological abuse"
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# FOI

Staff member in disabled care home accused of "verbal and psychological abuse"

Sep 5th 2016, 6:05 AM 14,187 Views 16 Comments

New documents show a range of issues raised with disability services in Ireland.

Scrapping the USC could lead to an increase in property tax... of 600%
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# Holy Moly

Scrapping the USC could lead to an increase in property tax... of 600%

Aug 25th 2016, 9:58 AM 31,002 Views 210 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty this morning described the alternative options to USC revealed via Freedom of Information as “shocking”.

For and against: The letters Irish people have written to the Taoiseach about abortion
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# Freedom Of Information

For and against: The letters Irish people have written to the Taoiseach about abortion

Aug 8th 2016, 6:15 AM 12,625 Views 76 Comments

The majority of the letters urge the Taoiseach not to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Dodgy tips, aggressive drivers, "smelly" vehicles - taxi complaints went through the roof in the last four years
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# Unsatisfied Customers

Dodgy tips, aggressive drivers, "smelly" vehicles - taxi complaints went through the roof in the last four years

Apr 3rd 2016, 7:45 AM 28,707 Views 102 Comments

More than half of the complaints made last year concerned the behaviour of taxi drivers.

€1.5m given by Europe to retrain workers after factory closure may be returned
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# Lufthansa Technik

€1.5m given by Europe to retrain workers after factory closure may be returned

Mar 20th 2016, 12:47 PM 18,124 Views 23 Comments

Sinn Féin has called for the government to intervene.

Carer called elderly dying patient a 'big fat c**t' and threw water over another
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# Hiqa Complaints

Carer called elderly dying patient a 'big fat c**t' and threw water over another

Mar 7th 2016, 5:13 PM 29,507 Views 40 Comments

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show multiple instances of abuse and oversight.

Here are the gifts Ireland dished out to foreign dignitaries last year
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# Céad Míle Fáilte

Here are the gifts Ireland dished out to foreign dignitaries last year

Feb 28th 2016, 10:30 PM 23,115 Views 22 Comments

Crystal bowls feature heavily.

Bill Clinton had private concerns over Gerry Adams' IRA links
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# Peace Process

Bill Clinton had private concerns over Gerry Adams' IRA links

Jan 8th 2016, 10:39 AM 18,673 Views 155 Comments

“I don’t know what the real deal is between him and the IRA.”

'I couldn't give a rat's arse if you report me!': There have been complaints about the swearing of Dublin Bus drivers
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# Aggressive

'I couldn't give a rat's arse if you report me!': There have been complaints about the swearing of Dublin Bus drivers

Dec 27th 2015, 9:24 PM 65,236 Views 169 Comments

A lot of customers have been airing their grievances.

One Dublin Bus passenger was angry about drivers urinating in front of his daughter
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# Bad Form

One Dublin Bus passenger was angry about drivers urinating in front of his daughter

Dec 26th 2015, 6:10 AM 39,253 Views 53 Comments

A complaint was made to the Department of Transport back in January.

Irish Water are deliberately confusing their payment figures, says Paul Murphy
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# Denied

Irish Water are deliberately confusing their payment figures, says Paul Murphy

Dec 12th 2015, 9:15 AM 19,246 Views 141 Comments

This comes after the utility released information as part of an freedom of information request.

Ireland's most dangerous prisons: Around the country staff are working in constant danger
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# Assaults

Ireland's most dangerous prisons: Around the country staff are working in constant danger

Nov 29th 2015, 7:30 AM 26,831 Views 41 Comments

So far this year there have been more than 50 assaults by prisoners on staff.

Even more people have paid their water bills - but it's just over half of customers
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# Toddle Along

Even more people have paid their water bills - but it's just over half of customers

Oct 21st 2015, 3:25 PM 31,434 Views 107 Comments

New figures received by Paul Murphy also shed new light on the situation.

Irish Water 'tightened controls' after customer bank details were sent to the wrong people
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# Data Breach

Irish Water 'tightened controls' after customer bank details were sent to the wrong people

Oct 20th 2015, 5:17 PM 13,002 Views 75 Comments

The utility claims in records released under freedom of information that ‘extra staff training’ was instigated at no cost following the data breaches in March 2015.

Fisherman says he can't understand Met Éireann forecasters with foreign accents
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# Met Éireann

Fisherman says he can't understand Met Éireann forecasters with foreign accents

Sep 20th 2015, 8:00 AM 31,294 Views 56 Comments

The fisherman says he is not racist but has real health and safety concerns that weather reports are not being understood by some fishermen.

What's the big deal about Prince Charles writing letters to politicians?
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# Black Spider

What's the big deal about Prince Charles writing letters to politicians?

May 14th 2015, 3:15 PM 11,369 Views 25 Comments

Badger culling, Irish gaols and the army’s helicopters – things the heir really cares about.

We have to wait another six months to see garda records
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# Freedom Of Information

We have to wait another six months to see garda records

May 6th 2015, 4:50 PM 8,440 Views 12 Comments

The FOI Act has extended the deadline for Irish Rail, the ESB and Eirgrid also.

An ambulance broke down during an emergency once every 33 days last year
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# Fleet Issues

An ambulance broke down during an emergency once every 33 days last year

Mar 26th 2015, 6:00 PM 10,973 Views 29 Comments

There were 48 total breakdowns overall.

Government spin 'now seeping into the civil service'
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# Housing

Government spin 'now seeping into the civil service'

Mar 22nd 2015, 8:21 PM 24,298 Views 70 Comments

Reports today reveal Department officials said housing figures had been spun.

'It's wrong that Irish Water won't reveal how much it's paying for security' - Fianna Fáil
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# Not In The Public Interest

'It's wrong that Irish Water won't reveal how much it's paying for security' - Fianna Fáil

Jan 12th 2015, 5:50 PM 21,760 Views 72 Comments

The company said revealing this information could result in higher costs which would have to be passed on to consumers.

Ever wanted to ask the Gardaí something about their records? Now you can
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# Foi Requests

Ever wanted to ask the Gardaí something about their records? Now you can

Oct 15th 2014, 5:36 PM 17,364 Views 18 Comments

A new law extends Freedom of Information requests to cover limited areas of an Garda Síochána and other organisations. They don’t have to answer you though…

The €15 fee for Freedom of Information requests is being abolished
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# FOI

The €15 fee for Freedom of Information requests is being abolished

Jul 1st 2014, 3:30 PM 10,089 Views 15 Comments

The government has agreed amendments to the FOI Bill at Cabinet today with campaigners giving them a cautious welcome.

Poll: Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official meetings?
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# Your Say

Poll: Should ministers be allowed to keep a secret diary of official meetings?

Jun 29th 2014, 10:04 AM 8,222 Views 54 Comments

Minister Pat Rabbitte has said he keeps one, and it can’t be accessed using the Freedom of Information Act.

Nearly every FOI request about the liquidation of Anglo has been refused
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# Ibrc

Nearly every FOI request about the liquidation of Anglo has been refused

Jun 19th 2014, 6:30 AM 7,374 Views 33 Comments

Eleven out of 12 Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Finance about the liquidation of IBRC have been refused. The other was withdrawn.

State companies should exist on a 'level playing field' - Rabbitte
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# Monopoly Rules

State companies should exist on a 'level playing field' - Rabbitte

May 29th 2014, 2:38 PM 6,148 Views 25 Comments

The Communications Minister says that politicians and civil servants should be accountable for their actions.

'It's like the Third Secret of Fatima' - Noonan says ECB letter could be released for inquiry
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# Smoking Gun?

'It's like the Third Secret of Fatima' - Noonan says ECB letter could be released for inquiry

May 27th 2014, 5:15 PM 13,000 Views 52 Comments

But he stressed that the ECB would have to be consulted.

The Obama ladies' trip to Ireland cost $251,000
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# Obamas In Ireland

The Obama ladies' trip to Ireland cost $251,000

Apr 10th 2014, 8:44 AM 12,497 Views 18 Comments

Don’t worry though – the US paid for it.

Column: Pride, arrogance and the impotence of political leadership in GardaGate
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# Gardagate

Column: Pride, arrogance and the impotence of political leadership in GardaGate

Mar 29th 2014, 8:00 AM 86 Views 34 Comments

This is the arrogant nature of permanent government. It gets too used to running the show and always being right, writes Aaron McKenna.

No written record of Taoiseach asking for bank guarantee documents
# Verbal Request
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# Verbal Request

No written record of Taoiseach asking for bank guarantee documents

Feb 23rd 2014, 8:58 PM 23,437 Views 73 Comments

Enda Kenny made a ‘verbal’ request to his department’s Secretary General for records related to the decision to issue a blanket guarantee of the Irish banking system.

'Serious concerns' about risks for HSE paramedics sent to incidents alone
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# Rapid Response

'Serious concerns' about risks for HSE paramedics sent to incidents alone

Feb 10th 2014, 6:45 AM 10,553 Views 19 Comments

Figures provided to TheJournal.ie show there were almost 3,500 instances of this in a six month period.

How transparent is Irish Water?
# Irish Water
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# Irish Water

How transparent is Irish Water?

Jan 14th 2014, 1:44 PM 9,697 Views 79 Comments

The Fianna Fáil party makes a strong argument in its latest video offering on the controversy.

Over 1,800 Freedom of Information requests to departments in 2013
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# Freedom Of Information

Over 1,800 Freedom of Information requests to departments in 2013

Dec 24th 2013, 7:30 AM 4,937 Views 26 Comments

The largest search and retrieval fee sought was €13,450.

Aaron McKenna: Our government hides its actions by obstructing Freedom of Information
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Aaron McKenna: Our government hides its actions by obstructing Freedom of Information

Nov 16th 2013, 8:00 AM 53 Views 38 Comments

To hide public service deficiency and ensure that ‘accountability’ remains a word in the dictionary, senior public servants have been waging a long war on Freedom of Information, writes Aaron McKenna.

"This country's gone wild with exaggeration": Rabbitte says the FOI issue's been blown out of all proportion
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# Hyperbole

"This country's gone wild with exaggeration": Rabbitte says the FOI issue's been blown out of all proportion

Nov 14th 2013, 9:28 AM 7,597 Views 64 Comments

The Government yesterday withdrew an amendment to the FOI Bill which would have seen some charges for requests soar.

Government backtracks on FOI Bill amendment on charges
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# FOI

Government backtracks on FOI Bill amendment on charges

Nov 13th 2013, 11:04 PM 11,978 Views 38 Comments

Minister Brendan Howlin announced this evening that as a result of “confusion and misinterpretation” of the intention of the amendment, it is to be withdrawn.

"Experts aren't always right" - Taoiseach defends FOI bill
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# Freedom Of Information

"Experts aren't always right" - Taoiseach defends FOI bill

Nov 13th 2013, 2:12 PM 5,859 Views 36 Comments

The initial fee of €15 is “relatively small”, the Taoiseach said.

Minister Brendan Howlin describes increased FOI fee as a "token charge"
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# FOI

Minister Brendan Howlin describes increased FOI fee as a "token charge"

Nov 12th 2013, 6:43 PM 9,232 Views 37 Comments

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reforms said that such fees were entirely fair ‘given that the average cost to process such requests was €600′.

Hoping to watch this afternoon's Freedom of Information debate? Well, the Oireachtas website has crashed...
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# Irony

Hoping to watch this afternoon's Freedom of Information debate? Well, the Oireachtas website has crashed...

Nov 12th 2013, 11:11 AM 4,536 Views 16 Comments

Staff are working to fix the problem and hope to have it corrected “as soon as possible”.

How will the new Freedom of Information charges compare to other countries?
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# Legislation

How will the new Freedom of Information charges compare to other countries?

Nov 12th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,023 Views 26 Comments

We look at how Ireland compares to the two other countries that charge upfront for FOI requests.