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# Alice Chambers

Last month
March 2024
Female junior doctors repeatedly penalised by medical training system
Women make up more than half the trainee doctor workforce but criticise lack of support for pregnancy and family life.
Investigation by Noteworthy finds women delaying or leaving specialist training
Some doctors are not entitled to maternity pay when doing training-related research
Irish Medical Organisation: “Without support, women will drop out of medicine”
This year
Promised interpretation standards for asylum applications not being introduced by deadline
Poor interpretation undermines asylum seekers’ credibility and delays their cases, say lawyers.
Asylum-seeker support workers expected to act as interpreters without specialist training
Experts concerned that ‘cultural mediators’ being asked to provide “interpretation services” beyond their required skill set.
Cultural mediators were introduced to speed up the asylum application process
Advocates say the lack of clarity around role risks harming asylum seekers
UN body who trains them says mediators "not legally accountable" for applications
Asylum seekers endure sub-zero temperatures on Dublin streets without tents or sleeping bags
Hospital parking charge cap further delayed
Cost review from 2018 is to be redone with no sign of when commitments made in 2020 will be met.
Noteworthy revealed last year that no progress had been made since a 2020 Programme for Government promise
The original working group had recommended that hospital parking charges be capped nationally at €10 per day
Work on new national guidance to begin in 'early 2024'
Last year
Serial clothes shoppers to be targeted in new sustainability campaign
Inadequate interpretation still leading to asylum case delays
Over 100 asylum appeal hearings were postponed in 2022 due to problems with interpretation.
There are no interpretation standards or quality controls in Ireland
Lack of training and quality control have been flagged as an issue since at least 2015
These figures are ‘surprisingly high’, says expert
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are kids being locked out from jailed parents?
‘Children don’t deserve this’: Visiting an imprisoned parent is ‘traumatising’
‘A long way from normal’: Families say visits to prison still restricted post-pandemic
Some children only get to see their parent in-person once a month and experts are concerned that video calls are replacing visits.
Investigation by Noteworthy finds the number of children visiting prison is 75% of what it was in 2019
Less than a third of prisoners received in-person visits on weeks where data was provided in 2023
Mother-of-two: “I want my kids to know who their father is”
Swimming restrictions hit over half of all Irish bathing waters this summer
Sea swimming has never been more popular but risks of pollution are also rising.
Noteworthy analysed over 1,600 restrictions from the last decade and they almost tripled over that time
Restrictions include swimming bans and warnings of pollution risk
Expert: “More needs to be done to keep the water in our rivers, lakes and beaches clean”
Journalist from investigative platform Noteworthy awarded Press Council fellowship
National Museum rolls back commitments on strategy for colonial objects
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is GSOC fit for purpose?
Garda watchdog handing half of its cases back to gardaí to investigate
Targets missed in at least 70% of GSOC complaints investigated by gardaí
Non-Irish workers face a 'significant' wage gap, ESRI report finds
Government commitment to reduce hospital parking charges ‘not prioritised’
Despite repeated promises, little progress has been made to prevent the cost of hospital parking falling on the most vulnerable.
A HSE implementation plan to reduce parking charges was written in 2019 but 'has been superseded by the passage of time'
It would cost at least €4.75 million to cap daily charges at €10
Advocate: 'It would be an easy win for the government'
All time
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What happens to your soft plastic recycling?
Soft plastic is being collected but almost all burned in Irish kilns or recycled abroad