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This year
Driving instructor who said 'who's your daddy' 15 times to student among complaints to RSA
128 complaints were made by learner drivers about driving instructors last year, nearly seven times as many as the RSA received in 2021.
Patients at €220m Central Mental Hospital sleeping in clothes due to issues with heating system
Staff formally raised concerns about “extreme cold” at the hospital 25 times over a 33-day period.
Senator amends declaration of interests after admitting he 'erred' by omitting pub ownership
The omission was pointed out to the Fianna Fáil Senator last week.
Prison inmate died after not receiving CPR for 7 minutes due to delays in opening cell
The prison authorities were also unable to contact a doctor to formally pronounce the prisoner dead after the incident in 2020.
Defence Forces to spend €140,000 on branded merchandise, including trolley tokens and wristbands
Other items include protein shakers, leather notebooks, and a range of clothing.
Last year
Woman perforates palate while eating a Pringle at Christmas
The woman was left with a two-centimetre hole in her palate.
Over 760 anti-social behaviour incidents on train services reported in first six months of year
The incidents included multiple reports of fighting, soiling, sexual harassment, lewd behaviour and hate incidents.
Tayto Park visitors sheltered in gift shop after three bison escaped from enclosure in March
Customers were confined to the gift shop until the bison herd manager arrived.
Mr Price ordered to pay €20,000 for discriminating against worker sacked on maternity
Elena Balan told the WRC that she had been “frozen” in shock after learning that she had been fired.
Cell phones: €1.1m spent installing telephones in every cell at four prisons
Inmates in Mountjoy and Arbour Hill will have to wait until 2023 before telephones are installed in their cells.
Oireachtas to splash out €300,000 on its own brand of wine to sell in Leinster House
The parliamentary authority is looking for a “young, clean, fresh, fruity” style of white wine to put its own label on.
Oireachtas Golf Society told not to use state harp emblem as its logo
A government department had fears that the state could suffer reputational damage.
WRC awards ex-Lidl employee €17,500 for dismissal over discounted baked goods
On two occasions, the man purchased stale products from the shop’s bakery at a discounted price.
Deaf activist loses discrimination case against RTÉ over All-Ireland final coverage
The man claimed RTÉ discriminated against him and the deaf community by failing to make its programming available to all.
Hotel ordered to pay €5,000 for discriminating against bride-to-be from Traveller Community
The woman did not receive a response until a complaint was made under the Equal Status Act.
Nearly 3,000 thoroughbred horses slaughtered for meat in Ireland since 2020
Some 305 such horses have been slaughtered to date this year.
Mice, rats and slugs among pests that plagued Leinster House in past six months
Exterminators identified a “possible disease risk” due to bird droppings around the door bridge connecting the building to the Department of An Taoiseach.
Fatality could have occurred when Luas collided with bridge, investigation finds
The incident occurred on the approach to Beresford Place railway bridge in Dublin city last year.
DFA secretary general gave staff go-ahead to gather 'in the thick of it' to watch UN vote
The go-ahead was communicated in an email from Niall Burgess’s private secretary the day before the gathering.
All time
Alcohol-free hand sanitiser given to prisoners over fears it would be used for 'moonshine'
Alcohol-based sanitiser was banned after prisoners drank a concoction of handwash and prescription drugs in 2014.
Irish Greyhound Board spent nearly €18k on public relations in three months after RTÉ documentary
The IGB hired communications firm Heneghan PR a week after the documentary aired.
Dublin City Council is going to spend €1.6 million to remove chewing gum
There’s a litter fine of €150 for those who throw chewing gum on the ground.
Death in The Jungle Book and genitalia in Baywatch: Why people complained about films last year
In all, the IFCO received complaints about 16 films in 2017.
Prison guards are cracking down on moonshine in Irish prisons
The largest amount seized was 266 pints in Castlerea Prison.
Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink
Pest control companies attended the hospital more than 120 times last year.
Over 23,000 formal complaints were made to the HSE in 2016
Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) were the subject of 3,984 complaints.
More than 3,300 live animals used for research at NUI Galway
It bucks a national trend that saw a reduction in animal testing in 2016.
Kit-mas miracle - kitten survives being put in a bag and thrown into the sea
“Skye was placed in a bag with her sibling and rocks. By a sheer miracle, she survived.”
Thirsty troops will now have to pay €3.10 for a pint of Guinness
The Defence Forces raised the price of booze in its subsidised watering holes.
Verdict of murder-suicide recorded at inquest into deaths of Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald (72)
The bodies of Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald (72) were discovered at their home in Claremorris, Mayo on 1 November 2016.
Irish Prison Service paid out €500k in loans to inmates over three years
The loans were given for a number of reasons, including the purchases of games consoles.
HSE spent nearly €3 million pursuing unpaid hospital charges using debt collectors
The health authority spent nearly €3 million on debt recovery during the period 2011 to 2017.
Pest controllers called to deal with large-scale rat infestation in Wheatfield Prison
Rodents were reported in the kitchens, a medical unit, and at a workshop at the prison.
HSE ambulances broke down over 200 times last year
One ambulance is still in service after travelling over 400,000km.
An average of 12 phones are seized in Irish prisons every week
The figure is up on last year, but way down on 2008 when about 42-a -week were seized.
UCC spent €200,000 in 2016 on rabbits, rats, pigs, and birds which were used in live experiments
A further €3,000 was spent on the disposal of the animal carcasses once the experiments had concluded.
More than €4.5 million was spent on liposuction in public hospitals since 2009
The number of people receiving the surgery has increased by 50% since 2011.
873 pints of' 'hooch' confiscated in Irish prisons last year
Homebrew is made in cells using ingredients including water, sugar, fruit and bread.
Mayo hospital apologises to patient made to drink mouthwash instead of water
The incident occurred at Mayo University Hospital on 12 June.
'A gifted, humble, kind, person': Memorial to man who went missing after diving into Canadian lake
David Gavin from Castlebar in Mayo went missing at the end of June.