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From TheJournal.ie Pulling mandatory PSC for passports had 'whole of government repercussions', civil servants warned Public Services Card

Pulling mandatory PSC for passports had 'whole of government repercussions', civil servants warned

New documents have shown how the Passport Office considered its options before pulling the PSC as a mandatory requirement.

From TheJournal.ie Council failed to assess biodiverse wetlands before they were destroyed Noteworthy

Council failed to assess biodiverse wetlands before they were destroyed

Thousands of creatures including frogs, newts, and eels are thought to have been buried alive after silt was used to cover the site.

From TheJournal.ie Noteworthy is six months old! Update from the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie Thanks To You

Noteworthy is six months old! Update from the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie

Since April, we’ve published almost 50 articles which were funded directly by our readers.

From TheJournal.ie Minister Shane Ross asked for "advance all-clear" on expenses paid to him in €37,000 annual allowance Noteworthy

Minister Shane Ross asked for "advance all-clear" on expenses paid to him in €37,000 annual allowance

Minister Sean Canney was also asked to provide more information on €3,258 in “policy formulation” expenses that were spent in a string of restaurants around the country.

From TheJournal.ie High-earning multinational executives 'shocked' at Irish tax rates after their eligibility for special tax deal elapsed Noteworthy

High-earning multinational executives 'shocked' at Irish tax rates after their eligibility for special tax deal elapsed

Eighteen people earning between €1 million and €10 million benefit from enormous tax write-offs under the scheme.

From TheJournal.ie Update on Noteworthy, the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie Noteworthy

Update on Noteworthy, the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie

Since April, we’ve undertaken more than twenty projects, ten of which were funded directly by our readers.

From TheJournal.ie The UK and Canada are cutting the cost of processing claims - why can't Ireland? Premium Price

The UK and Canada are cutting the cost of processing claims - why can't Ireland?

Part two of our Noteworthy probe into costly insurance premiums looks at legislative and procedural steps taken in other countries to tackle the issue.

From TheJournal.ie 'We're being fed this lie': Exposing the myths of Ireland's 'compo culture' Slip And Sue

'We're being fed this lie': Exposing the myths of Ireland's 'compo culture' Exclusive

Personal injury awards have been dropping despite suggestions that out-of-control claims are feeding prices.

From TheJournal.ie More than thirty sites managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country Noteworthy

More than thirty sites managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country

Ten sites purchased as part of the doomed decentralisation plan of 2003 remain in state hands more than a decade later.

From TheJournal.ie Nearly 100 State buildings managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country Noteworthy

Nearly 100 State buildings managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country

Just over two-thirds of the buildings are former garda stations that were shut as part of a policing plan in 2012 and 2013.

From TheJournal.ie Grade inflation is soaring: Are degrees losing all meaning? Dishonour

Grade inflation is soaring: Are degrees losing all meaning?

Analysis of awards from Irish third-level institutions by Noteworthy.ie uncovers an upward trend in grades handed to students.

From TheJournal.ie High level of sports grants for Dublin was 'bringing government funding system into disrepute' Noteworthy

High level of sports grants for Dublin was 'bringing government funding system into disrepute' Exclusive

Civil servants in Shane Ross’s department warned that some sporting bodies were getting funded even though their applications were weak.

From TheJournal.ie 'What price democracy?': Why most county councils keep their meetings offline Noteworthy

'What price democracy?': Why most county councils keep their meetings offline

Just four of 31 local authorities offer webcasting of their proceedings.

From TheJournal.ie 'I fell in love with them from the first day': How Ireland's slot machine habit fuels addiction Hooked

'I fell in love with them from the first day': How Ireland's slot machine habit fuels addiction

As many as 40,000 of the machines may be in use across the country as the industry operates virtually unchecked.

From TheJournal.ie 'A licence to print money': The 'wild west' of Ireland's rampant slot machine industry One Armed Bandits

'A licence to print money': The 'wild west' of Ireland's rampant slot machine industry

Despite a recent crackdown, gaming operators continue to openly flout bans in many parts of the country.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin council depot sites could deliver over 1,000 homes - so why are we waiting? The Family Silver

Dublin council depot sites could deliver over 1,000 homes - so why are we waiting?

A commitment not to sell off valuable sites has been welcomed – but it will be years before housing is actually built.

From TheJournal.ie An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie Investigation

An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie

Tell us what you would like to see investigated.

From TheJournal.ie Is enough being done to keep Dublin Bay safe for swimmers this summer? Septic Swim

Is enough being done to keep Dublin Bay safe for swimmers this summer?

Malfunction at upgraded part of Ringsend plant, increased construction in the city and a leaky legacy are muddying the waters.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil centenary site cost €180,000 to build but fails to draw visitors Echo Chamber

Dáil centenary site cost €180,000 to build but fails to draw visitors

Public was made aware of the site via tweets from Oireachtas Twitter account.

From TheJournal.ie Simon Harris vows to meet Rotunda chief to discuss new wing to tackle 'safety crisis' for premature babies Overcrowding

Simon Harris vows to meet Rotunda chief to discuss new wing to tackle 'safety crisis' for premature babies

An outbreak of infection recently saw eight babies affected – with the death of one infant referred to the coroner.

From TheJournal.ie Rotunda urges Simon Harris to secure new hospital wing to tackle 'safety crisis' for premature babies Overcrowding

Rotunda urges Simon Harris to secure new hospital wing to tackle 'safety crisis' for premature babies Exclusive

The maternity hospital is earmarked to relocate to Blanchardstown but it doesn’t know when that will be.

From TheJournal.ie Rotunda hospital chief warns of 'intolerable safety crisis' for premature babies Bug Outbreak

Rotunda hospital chief warns of 'intolerable safety crisis' for premature babies Exclusive

Intensive care unit saw outbreak of infection affect eight babies – with the death of one infant referred to coroner.

From TheJournal.ie 'The chance of getting caught is very small': The uphill battle to police Ireland's new Airbnb rules Short-term Lets

'The chance of getting caught is very small': The uphill battle to police Ireland's new Airbnb rules

Councils are already struggling to crack down on many unauthorised short-term lets after fielding hundreds of complaints from locals.

From TheJournal.ie The ugly side to dermal fillers: 'Would you let your mechanic stick a needle in your face?' Price Of Beauty

The ugly side to dermal fillers: 'Would you let your mechanic stick a needle in your face?'

Demand for lip and facial fillers is booming across Ireland, fuelling concerns about rogue operators in the unregulated beauty industry.

From TheJournal.ie Department of Justice sounded warning over plans to almost double allowance for asylum seekers living in direct provision Noteworthy

Department of Justice sounded warning over plans to almost double allowance for asylum seekers living in direct provision

Officials said changes to allow residents of asylum centres to work had created “most generous” system in EU.

From TheJournal.ie €28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years Noteworthy

€28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years

For the first time ever, the Department of Public Expenditure has refused access to individual pensions for former ministers and officeholders

From TheJournal.ie An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie Noteworthy

An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie

Tell us what you would like to see investigated.

From TheJournal.ie Sink or Swim: Inside the battle over access to the historic Clontarf Baths Noteworthy

Sink or Swim: Inside the battle over access to the historic Clontarf Baths

Locals hoped a redevelopment would return the pool to public use after decades of disrepair.

From TheJournal.ie Religious order that ran Tuam says it has no 'legal liability' to provide funding before mother and baby home commission ends Noteworthy

Religious order that ran Tuam says it has no 'legal liability' to provide funding before mother and baby home commission ends

Bon Secours Sisters say a €2.5 million donation towards excavation and memorial will be their only contribution to the state.

From TheJournal.ie Meningitis C vaccination rates of 'critical concern' as anti-vax sentiment pushes take-up rates below targets Noteworthy

Meningitis C vaccination rates of 'critical concern' as anti-vax sentiment pushes take-up rates below targets

Targets for immunisation were over 20% below what they were supposed to be in some parts of the country.

From TheJournal.ie 'Nobody seems to care': Why some children face years of waiting for 'early intervention' Investigation

'Nobody seems to care': Why some children face years of waiting for 'early intervention'

A family’s address can decide whether their children get quick access to services like speech therapy – or flounder on waiting lists.

From TheJournal.ie Not so fast: only 10 of 27 developments given special strategic planning have begun construction Investigation

Not so fast: only 10 of 27 developments given special strategic planning have begun construction

The scheme was introduced as a key part of the Rebuilding Ireland plan.

From TheJournal.ie Protecting the protectors: Inside the Defence Forces' year-long mental health care crisis Investigation

Protecting the protectors: Inside the Defence Forces' year-long mental health care crisis Exclusive

The military has been without an in-house psychiatrist since May and an appointment is unlikely to be made until nearly 2020.

From TheJournal.ie Announcing Noteworthy: creating, supporting and delivering stories that matter Noteworthy

Announcing Noteworthy: creating, supporting and delivering stories that matter

Noteworthy is a platform to help fund the type of in-depth journalism that the public wants to see.