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Thursday 20 February, 2020

Revenue warned government to urgently close loophole allowing businesses double claim tax relief

Revenue warned government to urgently close loophole allowing businesses double claim tax relief

A Department of Finance spokesman said they believed the issue had been largely nipped in the bud.

Saturday 15 February, 2020

Department twice failed to act on UN letter asking how former naval vessel ended up being used in Libyan Civil War

The LÉ Aisling was sold by the Department of Defence in 2017 for €110,000 to a Dutch company.

Friday 14 February, 2020

Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope Francis visit will cost over €800,000 to restore

The Office of Public Works hopes the gates will be rehung by the end of this year.

Tuesday 11 February, 2020

Justice Department tried to soothe 'nonsense' RIC commemoration concerns

Internal records show how controversy started to build from 2 January – three days before the Clare mayor announced his boycott.

Tuesday 4 February, 2020

Department upped security spend on city centre office block amid fears of Apollo House-style occupation

The Department said that 24-hour security needed to be in place.

Monday 3 February, 2020

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked that €7,700 Rolex watch gifted by UAE be donated

The Rolex had been given to the Ceann Comhairle by the President of the Federal National Council of the UAE, Dr Amal Al Qubaisi.

Saturday 18 January, 2020

Diplomat rents, the rising dollar and a Brexit-inspired passport boom behind DFA request for extra €50 million

The Department also looked for €2 million to bolster Ireland’s bid to become a member of the UN Security Council.

Saturday 11 January, 2020

State paid €2.75 million for Connemara airport that had been originally valued at €600k

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht defended the purchase, saying the airport is of “strategic importance”.

Thursday 2 January, 2020

'Absolutely shambolic': Commuters slam Irish Rail call for Dart users to stagger morning journeys

The PeakTime website was launched to try to reduce overcrowding on carriages during rush-hour.

Saturday 14 December, 2019

Leo Varadkar signed off on former Taoisigh special support plan four months after taking office

New documents obtained under FOI detail what would be involved in the supports.

Monday 25 February, 2019

Met Éireann staff advised not to talk 'despair' over climate change and to use positive language

An internal communique says using words like “inevitable” could create a feeling that nothing can be done.

Monday 4 February, 2019

Government pressurised to end citizenship for Irish-born children due to terrorism fears

A newly released memo says the Department of Justice wanted to “eliminate” the attractiveness of Ireland for migrants.

Thursday 27 December, 2018

Finance Minister was going to give smokers a break in Budget 2019 - but changed his mind

The department said the last-minute shift was for health reasons.

Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Minister briefed on potential for 400% increase in carbon tax rate by 2030

In the end, Paschal Donohoe did not touch the carbon tax rate in Budget 2019.

Saturday 15 December, 2018

Fears over publishing anonymous list of former ministers' pensions in case they were easily identifiable

The 2017 list was never published due to concerns over data protection and that even an anonymous list could create a breach.

Monday 3 December, 2018

Irish Rail and Luas record over 100 instances of tram and train 'surfing' in past four years

The activity involves a person holding on to the outside of a carriage as it moves away from a station.

Thursday 1 November, 2018

'Inappropriate for a family occasion': Complaints after Defence Forces video shown at All Ireland semi-final

The video was played during the hurling encounter between Clare and Galway in July.

Friday 19 October, 2018

Met Éireann staff told not to link specific extreme weather events with climate change

The advice in a guidance document for staff says linking extreme weather to global warming was a problem.

Thursday 11 October, 2018

Over 5,000 accidents on M50 since 2017

More than 2,000 cars broke down over a 21 month period.

Monday 1 October, 2018

Fine Gael minister allocates one eighth of a national money pot to his own constituency

Michael Ring’s home county of Mayo received €216,000 in the recent allocation of the outdoor recreation infrastructure scheme.

Sunday 17 December, 2017

There were fears the PSC would become a “de facto” national ID card from the very outset

Eight years ago, the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) asked why the card needed to contain so much information and how they worried it would end up being demanded for all sorts of public services.

Monday 2 October, 2017

'Journalists should expect the truth - the Dept of Public Expenditure has crossed a line'

Journalists are used to government departments stone-walling them but it’s rare for a department to lie, writes Ken Foxe.

Saturday 24 June, 2017

Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign Exclusive

Newly-released FOI documents show that the Department had considered changing the title to something less forceful.

Monday 8 August, 2016

For and against: The letters Irish people have written to the Taoiseach about abortion Freedom Of Information This post contains images

For and against: The letters Irish people have written to the Taoiseach about abortion

The majority of the letters urge the Taoiseach not to repeal the Eighth Amendment.