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2022
# factfind
Explainer: What counts as EU funding and where does it go?
…And where has Ireland received – and given back to the whole process?
# Backsliding
Why is the EC releasing funds to Hungary and Poland in face of democracy threat?
Both countries have strongly denied allegations of corruption and judiciary interference, despite rulings from the ECJ and proceedings by EC.
# influencers
MEPs, assemble: Could Ireland's MEPs do more to influence Europe?
How do we punch above our weight on the European stage? Get into groupings, get specialised and stick around, writes CJ McKinney.
# Analysis
Irish people largely support staying in EU - but many unsure how it works
Extensive survey by The Good Information Project / Ireland Thinks shows Fine Gael supporters most likely to be uncritical of EU.
Major survey finds older Irish people much more supportive of EU than those in other European states.
Number of Eurosceptics is small but many in general population worry about sovereignty and fisheries.
Generational gap on issues is wide as 65+ cohort worries about immigration and young about climate action.
# European Parliament
'A preposterous waste of money': Irish MEPs raise concerns over Strasbourg parliament sittings
Independent studies showed that a total of €109 million a year could be saved if all parliament activity was moved to Brussels.
# how it started
WATCH: Open Newsroom - Ireland and the EU after 50 years together
Watch our webinar on how Ireland found itself at the heart of the EU 50 years ago – and how it’s working for us now.
# EU say
The Big MEP Questionnaire: What do our Irish MEPs think of the EU?
The Good Information Project set each of our 13 MEPs five questions: here are their answers in full.
All 13 of our MEPs reveal their personal highs and lows of working within the European Parliament.
Frustrations include defence issues, pace of progress on climate, and feeling unheard by the Council and Commission.
Division among MEPs on whether the EU should have more power - or already has enough.
Priorities for next five years range from climate action to mental health to fostering EU businesses.
# Democracy
Does 'constructive Euroscepticism' have a place in the EU?
Eurosceptic rhetoric has softened in the wake of Brexit but still allows questions of a less-than-perfect system.
# Explainer
From candidate to Council: the long road ahead of Ukraine in the EU
Vote to make Ukraine an official candidate for the EU hailed as “defining moment” – but the journey has just begun.
# EU Quiz
QUIZ: How much do you know about the EU and European Parliament?
How much do ‘EU’ know?
# total recall
Safety first: EU's product safety rules based on prevention rather than prohibition
European standards for safety of products have became a world leader in protecting consumers.
# European Union
The Good Information Podcast: The EU and You - how can Irish citizens steer Europe's course?
Where is the EU leading us on climate and common defence?
# register
Open Newsroom Invitation: Ireland and The EU at 50 years
Join us at 1pm this Thursday to see how it started… and how it’s going.
# Electoral Reform
Voting for MEPs from other countries? It could be on the way
The proposal would see Ireland retain its 13 MEP seats – but also vote for MEPs in a new pan-European constituency.
# Explainer
The European Parliament has the second largest electorate in the world. How does it actually work?
Historically, the Parliament lacked legislative power – but the Lisbon Treaty aimed to fix that.
# The Journal Live
Watch our LIVE event: The EU and You - how young Irish people can prosper as citizens of Europe
Our youth audience heard from MEPs and European expert on how they work – and challenged them on how EU should tackle issues such as climate change.
# work abroad
Explainer: If you want to go work in another country in the EU, what exactly do you need to know?
“It’s not the big deal that it would have been 20 years ago.”
Voices
Opinion: EU moves to tackle food insecurity cannot be at the expense of others
Ukraine conflict has exacerbated Covid disruptions and rising costs of energy and fertilisers – and not just in the EU.
Voices
Opinion: The four big challenges facing Ireland in its future with the EU
Alexander Conway looks at how Ireland can be involved in the criticial discussions which will shape the next 50 years of the EU.
# Brexit
The Good Information Podcast: Brexit - how it will continue to affect us
Brexit continues to complicate matters in Ireland. Can we overcome it?
# Galway
Invitation to The Journal Live event in Galway: The EU and You
Join our expert EU panel to explore what is happening in Europe that Irish citizens – especially our younger generation – should know about.
# Voting
Poll: Do you vote in European elections?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at the EU and we want to hear from you.
# over to you
Open thread: What are the best things Ireland has gotten out of being in the EU? And the worst?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at the EU and we want to hear from you.
# Special Relationship
Ireland + the EU: 50 years after Ireland voted to join, how is the relationship between the two?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at the EU.
# Healthcare
More work to be done: The complexities, wins and major problems of the Irish healthcare system
The Good Information Project turned its focus to Ireland’s healthcare system over the past month.
# The Change
Menopause in Ireland: "One of the things people say after treatment is, ‘Oh my God, I got myself back”
After decades in the shadows, the menopause is finally starting to get the attention it merits.
# Healthcare
Is Stephen Donnelly's €350m plan to tackle waiting lists this year actually working?
“The whole point of waiting lists is that you can’t fix them in a year.”
# comparison
The good, the bad and the alright: Ireland's healthcare system compared to the rest of the EU
Our interactive graphs showing where Ireland ranks compared to other EU countries.
# tgip-podcast
The Good Information Podcast: Migration - a contentious issue facing the EU and Ireland
Are the EU’s policies towards migration helping those in need – or just the EU?
# delayed delivery
'At this stage, it is a crisis': Children still left waiting for public disability services
Parents devastated as one-quarter of staff roles in new disability network teams remain unfilled and children left in limbo.
Staff vacancies in Child Disability Network Teams as high as 88% in one locality, reports Orla Dwyer.
"Everything is a fight," say parents who report poor communication from teams.
Therapist vacancies are highest, leaving children without services.
Voices
Opinion: We need to match talk of 'patient revolution' with Chief Patient Officer role
Patients have been kept on the outside of their healthcare experience; they should be promoted to educators and decision-makers.
# TGIP live
Watch our LIVE event: How to build gender and sex equity in healthcare
Peggy Maguire, Director of the European Institute of Women’s Health, on a quarter century of fighting for more data, more presence and more voice for women in health.
# Mental Health
'Filling a gap': Does Ireland rely too much on mental health charities?
What role do charities play in providing mental health supports in Ireland?
# Impact
'Will we leave people behind or not?': How climate change is likely to impact people's health in Ireland
Ireland has been shielded so far from the worst effects of the climate crisis, but there are still warning signs ahead.
# patient power
WATCH: Open Newsroom - The power of patient advocacy in healthcare
Watch our Open Newsroom session on how the patient advocacy movement could revolutionise health services – if they are listened to.
# Health in Ireland
'I’ve never seen morale so broken': What one change do healthcare workers want to improve the system?
We asked health workers and others familiar with the sector what they want to see happen to improve healthcare in Ireland.
The Irish healthcare system is frequently hit with criticism and suggestions for how it can be improved.
Progress on the overhaul of the system is continuing but has been slow.
We asked workers and those familiar with the sector what one change they would like to see put into place.
'The belief that being a doctor is a vocation and all else must be sacrificed… that mentality is waning'
'We needed more beds, we still need more beds': Will lessons be learned from the pandemic?
# Industrial Action
'The belief that being a doctor is a vocation and all else must be sacrificed… that mentality is waning'
Non-consultant hospital doctors are currently balloting on whether to take industrial action over their working conditions.
# tgip-podcast
The Good Information Podcast: What will the new working week look like?
Covid transformed Ireland’s working culture. The Good Information Podcast can tell you what that means for you.
# State of Emergency
Easy as ABC? Solving Ireland's lethal Acute Bed Capacity crisis
Inpatient bed numbers among lowest in EU and nowhere near demand predicted by capacity reviews.
Inpatient bed numbers among lowest in EU and nowhere near demand predicted by capacity reviews
Maria Delaney of investigative platform Noteworthy examines why despite overcrowding constantly being reported, hundreds of people continue to die
Full capacity protocol activated weekly at University Hospital Limerick, often resulting in cancelled ops
# Obesity
‘We don’t stigmatise other conditions in the way that we stigmatise the problem of excess body weight'
There is frustration over the lack of resources for obesity treatment in Ireland.