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'No plans' to reinstate HSE rehab unit closed during pandemic
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'No plans' to reinstate HSE rehab unit closed during pandemic

Sep 10th 2021, 12:01 AM 20,359 Views 19 Comments
  • The Keltoi Rehab Unit continues to be used as a Covid isolation facility, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
  • Keltoi closed 18 months ago, with previous Health Minister Simon Harris promising its reopening
  • Addiction service advocates are frustrated with the HSE response and are calling for a clear reopening date
Explosion in poultry farming in Border region poses air pollution threat
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# Factory Farm

Explosion in poultry farming in Border region poses air pollution threat

Sep 8th 2021, 12:01 AM 29,222 Views 23 Comments
  • There are an estimated 18.5 million farmed chickens in Monaghan producing ammonia-laden manure.
  • Report, seen by Noteworthy's Niall Sargent, warns of "direct and indirect negative impacts on the environment locally".
  • Soil, water and air pollution an increasing concern.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to halt the decline of our precious biodiversity?
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# Endangered Species

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to halt the decline of our precious biodiversity?

Sep 3rd 2021, 3:44 PM 14 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent tells Susan Daly how the race is on to save iconic species like the puffin and curlew – and even save ourselves.

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact
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# Biodiversity

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact

Aug 28th 2021, 9:15 AM 13,606 Views 10 Comments

Ireland’s overall spending on biodiversity protection is also under internationally-accepted levels.

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it
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# Endangered Species

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it

Aug 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 22,747 Views 40 Comments
  • A host of iconic Irish species and habitats are under threat, writes Niall Sargent in first part of Noteworthy's investigation into biodiversity loss
  • Virtually none of our protected nature areas have management plans
  • An expert forum has labelled the State as the “biggest transgressor of environmental law in Ireland”
Government investment in DNA-collecting company Genuity Science loses value
# Selling Our Genes
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# Selling Our Genes

Government investment in DNA-collecting company Genuity Science loses value

Aug 18th 2021, 12:40 PM 15,606 Views 12 Comments

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund had invested €66m in the private genetics company acquired in a deal announced yesterday.

‘A significant challenge’: Unclear when public transport will be fully accessible
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# No Target

‘A significant challenge’: Unclear when public transport will be fully accessible

Aug 17th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,000 Views 5 Comments
  • Despite improvements in recent years, ongoing obstacles to accessibility are leading to isolation and anxiety, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
  • The NTA and Department of Transport could not give a date for a fully accessible public transport system.
  • Inaccessible infrastructure is preventing disabled people from travelling on accessible trains and buses.
'No plans to reinstate' transport schemes for disabled people that activists say are 'vital'
# Costly Cut
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# Costly Cut

'No plans to reinstate' transport schemes for disabled people that activists say are 'vital'

Aug 7th 2021, 8:01 PM 17,647 Views 16 Comments

The Motorised Transport Grant and Mobility Allowance schemes remain closed after a review was recommended over eight years ago.

Stranded, refused and left waiting: Disabled people 'on tenterhooks' trying to access taxis
# REFUSED ENTRY
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# REFUSED ENTRY

Stranded, refused and left waiting: Disabled people 'on tenterhooks' trying to access taxis

Updated Aug 5th 2021, 10:40 AM 21,362 Views 19 Comments
  • Advocates are concerned low availability of accessible taxis is leading to reduced independence, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
  • Most accessibility-related complaints involved taxi drivers refusing to take guide dogs or wheelchair users.
  • Two-thirds of the current wheelchair accessible vehicles in the taxi fleet are based in the Greater Dublin area.
'White elephant': The €2.7m transport training centre causing conflict in disability community
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# Voices Unheard

'White elephant': The €2.7m transport training centre causing conflict in disability community

Aug 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 26,628 Views 9 Comments
  • Disabled people feel that once again they were not consulted about a major decision that most affects them, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
  • The NTA and Department of Transport (DOT) were aware of lack of consultation before funding decision.
  • Concerns were raised numerous times at the DOT Accessibility Consultative Committee.
Concern for parents as international surrogacy still missing from new legislation
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# Parent Rights

Concern for parents as international surrogacy still missing from new legislation

Jul 11th 2021, 7:30 AM 15,773 Views 33 Comments

Advocates warn of ongoing impact to families if international and retrospective surrogacy not addressed soon.

Noteworthy investigations reveal biggest climate emitters and violent bike theft increase
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# Thanks To You

Noteworthy investigations reveal biggest climate emitters and violent bike theft increase

Jul 7th 2021, 8:00 PM 11,688 Views 0 Comments

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

Licence granted for large salmon farm in Bantry Bay despite strong opposition
# Troubled Waters
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# Troubled Waters

Licence granted for large salmon farm in Bantry Bay despite strong opposition

Jul 1st 2021, 1:47 PM 17,159 Views 17 Comments

Decision follows six-year appeals process, with opponents ‘gutted’ and ‘extremely disappointed’ with the decision.

Licensed to Fail: ‘Outdated’ salmon farm licensing system comes under fire from all sides
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# Troubled Waters

Licensed to Fail: ‘Outdated’ salmon farm licensing system comes under fire from all sides

Jun 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 17,146 Views 14 Comments
  • Over 20 salmon farms operating with expired licences for over a decade, writes Niall Sargent in final part of Noteworthy investigation into salmon farming
  • State has investigated several cases of possible licence breaches by Ireland's largest salmon company
  • No enforcement over various farms’ failure to carry out assessments for impacts on marine biodiversity
Lice, infectious disease and taking reef fish: The impact of salmon farms on marine biodiversity
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# Troubled Waters

Lice, infectious disease and taking reef fish: The impact of salmon farms on marine biodiversity

Jun 26th 2021, 9:15 AM 14,046 Views 10 Comments
  • State holds limited details on disease outbreaks and mortality rates at salmon farms, reports Niall Sargent of Noteworthy, our investigative platform
  • Little regulation of wild wrasse fishing for use as cleaner fish on farms despite potential marine impacts
  • Experts warn Ireland lacks baseline data to effectively monitor for salmon farm escapes
State issues licences to salmon farms to cull protected seals, documents reveal
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# Troubled Waters

State issues licences to salmon farms to cull protected seals, documents reveal

Jun 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 43,599 Views 53 Comments
  • Since 2015, the NPWS granted 11 licences to farms to shoot small numbers of the protected species, reports Niall Sargent in the first part of Noteworthy's investigation into the salmon industry
  • Conservation groups have expressed shock at the decision and a lack of scientific evidence behind culling
  • The NPWS does not generally carry out site visits to monitor cull events due to 'resourcing issues'
Religion in schools: 'My son was upset - a friend told him he wasn't going to heaven'
# LOSING FAITH
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# LOSING FAITH

Religion in schools: 'My son was upset - a friend told him he wasn't going to heaven'

Jun 14th 2021, 9:30 PM 33,070 Views 114 Comments
  • In part two of a deep dive into the stalemate in providing choice in primary education, Peter McGuire hears from parents and teachers.
  • Families speak of being forced into Catholic schools because of hours-long daily commutes to 'nearest' multi-denominational.
  • While 'opting out' of religious instruction is facilitated by many schools, many parents say their children feel isolated and upset.
State on a go-slow in moving primary education from majority Catholic grip
# LOSING FAITH
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# LOSING FAITH

State on a go-slow in moving primary education from majority Catholic grip

Jun 14th 2021, 12:23 PM 39,167 Views 42 Comments
  • In this first of a two-part deep dive into the promised creation of better educational choice, Peter McGuire finds a process in paralysis.
  • Just 13 multi-denominational schools have been established under divestment Catholic schools in the past 8 years.
  • Completed reports and surveys on school patronage lie unpublished while the Department continues to meet with the Irish Episcopal Conference every month.
Over 1,400 people waiting for drinkable tap water for more than three months
# Testing The Waters
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# Testing The Waters

Over 1,400 people waiting for drinkable tap water for more than three months

Jun 10th 2021, 12:01 AM 12,198 Views 20 Comments
  • Almost 900 people across eight locations have boil water notices in place for a year or more, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform
  • Over the past two years, 50 boil water and 10 do not consume notices were in place for more than a month
  • Water supply is impacting housing, with 42 houses refused permission in Paulstown, Co Kilkenny recently
1 in 100 bikes stolen nationwide in 2020 as Dublin and Limerick cyclists worst hit
# Stolen Wheels
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# Stolen Wheels

1 in 100 bikes stolen nationwide in 2020 as Dublin and Limerick cyclists worst hit

May 7th 2021, 10:24 AM 9,542 Views 17 Comments
  • Almost 30,000 bikes were stolen over the past five years, with an average of 70% of thefts occurring in Dublin, writes Noteworthy reporter Maria Delaney
  • While violent bike thefts increased by 65% in 2020, overall bike thefts were almost unchanged nationally
  • Provisional figures "suggest a marked decrease" in bike thefts up to March this year
‘Eight teens were kicking him’: Violent bike and scooter thefts up 65% last year
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# Stolen Wheels

‘Eight teens were kicking him’: Violent bike and scooter thefts up 65% last year

May 6th 2021, 12:01 AM 53,083 Views 46 Comments
  • There was a 65% increase in aggravated bike and scooter thefts in 2020, reports Maria Delaney in the first part of Noteworthy's bike theft investigation.
  • Cyclists at Luas stops were targeted by gangs over the past month
  • A rise in anti-social behaviour linked to the pandemic is being blamed for an increase in attacks
State spent 2.5 times more on fossil fuel subsidies than climate supports over past decade
# Cost Of Carbon
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# Cost Of Carbon

State spent 2.5 times more on fossil fuel subsidies than climate supports over past decade

May 4th 2021, 9:30 AM 9,175 Views 14 Comments

Noteworthy shows that State revenue from an EU carbon trading scheme went into controversial forestry programme and a rural transport scheme.

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public
# Cost Of Carbon
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# Cost Of Carbon

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public

May 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 18,019 Views 9 Comments
  • Companies are starting to volunteer their emissions data but State bodies slow to reveal all details to public, writes Niall Sargent.
  • While emissions levels are falling in many sectors, Noteworthy analysis shows that sectors such as agriculture and aviation are stagnating or growing.
  • Ireland is doing well on finding energy efficiencies but there is still a mountain to climb.
Over 3,500 on wait list for a detox bed, with over 140 residential beds still closed
# Rehab Wait
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# Rehab Wait

Over 3,500 on wait list for a detox bed, with over 140 residential beds still closed

Apr 28th 2021, 12:01 AM 17,622 Views 38 Comments

Over 60% are on the waiting list for at least nine months.

Noteworthy investigations expose environmental issues and analyse far-right activity
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# Busy Investigating

Noteworthy investigations expose environmental issues and analyse far-right activity

Apr 22nd 2021, 12:30 PM 6,167 Views 9 Comments

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

Ireland first and only Member State to have fishing plan revoked by European Commission
# Losing Control
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# Losing Control

Ireland first and only Member State to have fishing plan revoked by European Commission

Apr 20th 2021, 12:36 PM 49,650 Views 51 Comments

The loss of the control plan means that fisheries will no longer be allowed to weigh their catches in factories.

Valproate scandal: Parents feel failed by State over drug that harmed their children
# Risk To Baby
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# Risk To Baby

Valproate scandal: Parents feel failed by State over drug that harmed their children

Apr 16th 2021, 12:01 AM 51,258 Views 9 Comments

Noteworthy finds that pleas for help from women impacted by valproate (Epilim) continue to be dismissed.

State warned by EU official in 2017 over eco-credentials of forestry licensing process
# Spruced Up
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# Spruced Up

State warned by EU official in 2017 over eco-credentials of forestry licensing process

Apr 11th 2021, 8:30 AM 18,765 Views 14 Comments

Records released to Noteworthy show that the State was warned it is not doing enough to ensure environmental risks from forestry “are a thing of the past”.

Closed Doors: Lack of transparency and the push to overfish in Ireland’s fishing sector
# NET LOSS
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# NET LOSS

Closed Doors: Lack of transparency and the push to overfish in Ireland’s fishing sector

Apr 8th 2021, 8:30 PM 12,517 Views 23 Comments
  • Our investigative platform, Noteworthy, takes an in-depth look at the fishing sector in this three-part series.
Significant enforcement problems prevail in Irish industry: Fishing's control issues
# NET LOSS
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# NET LOSS

Significant enforcement problems prevail in Irish industry: Fishing's control issues

Apr 7th 2021, 8:30 PM 13,198 Views 10 Comments

Noteworthy finds inspections of fishing vessels dropped by 30% in 2020, with a drop of over 60% sea boardings by the Naval Service.

Penalty point politics: Changing positions and lobbying on fishing regulation
# NET LOSS
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# NET LOSS

Penalty point politics: Changing positions and lobbying on fishing regulation

Apr 7th 2021, 8:25 PM 94 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy delves into the Government meetings, letters and emails behind the new penalty points regulation for fishers.

Endangered fish thrown away and dead whales on our shores: Fishing's ocean impact
# NET LOSS
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# NET LOSS

Endangered fish thrown away and dead whales on our shores: Fishing's ocean impact

Apr 6th 2021, 8:30 PM 46,383 Views 23 Comments

Noteworthy reveals over 30 tonnes of threatened fish were discarded in one year, including the endangered basking shark and critically endangered skates.

The N6 ring road: Solution or dead end for Galway congestion crisis?
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# Dead End

The N6 ring road: Solution or dead end for Galway congestion crisis?

Apr 5th 2021, 12:03 AM 66,845 Views 67 Comments

Noteworthy and The Journal take a deep dive into the controversial infrastructure plan which awaits green light from planners.

Trial by Telegram: Ireland's far right mobilising on 'privacy-first' messaging app
# Eyes Right
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# Eyes Right

Trial by Telegram: Ireland's far right mobilising on 'privacy-first' messaging app

Mar 16th 2021, 12:01 AM 28,289 Views 0 Comments

Final part in a four-part investigation into the far right in Ireland analyses the growth of US-style tactics used by Irish influencers on the platform.

Online ‘doxxing’ campaigns leading to harassment and death threats
# Eyes Right
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# Eyes Right

Online ‘doxxing’ campaigns leading to harassment and death threats

Mar 15th 2021, 8:30 PM 27,548 Views 12 Comments

A tactic imported from the US, personal information is published online to ‘target’ individuals who campaign against far-right groups.

Ireland’s far-right using anti-lockdown movement to smuggle in its own agenda
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# Eyes Right

Ireland’s far-right using anti-lockdown movement to smuggle in its own agenda

Mar 15th 2021, 12:03 AM 49,628 Views 0 Comments

The second in a four-part investigation into the far right in Ireland looks at the intersection between online campaigns and the move to the streets.

Move quickly and misinform: How direct provision centres became a catalyst for far-right activism in Ireland
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# Eyes Right

Move quickly and misinform: How direct provision centres became a catalyst for far-right activism in Ireland

Mar 15th 2021, 12:02 AM 20,229 Views 0 Comments

The first in a four-part investigation into the growth of far-right activity online in Ireland explores how an anti-immigration agenda infiltrated local activism.

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms
# Shear Force
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# Shear Force

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms

Feb 22nd 2021, 8:30 PM 74,535 Views 23 Comments

Noteworthy finds biodiversity in a battle with some farming practices – and a low level of accountability demanded by the Department of Agriculture.

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk
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# Shear Force

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk

Feb 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 46,052 Views 59 Comments

Noteworthy discovers rich hedgerow resource cut back by local authorities during bird nesting season.

What are the wider implications of Covid-19 on our overlooked health services?
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# Covid-19

What are the wider implications of Covid-19 on our overlooked health services?

Jan 31st 2021, 11:00 AM 9,096 Views 10 Comments

In your monthly update from Noteworthy, the investigative team looks at how the pandemic is shining a light on long-term deficiencies in our health system.

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