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Monday 17 August, 2020

Tusla suffers 23 'high risk' data breaches - including stolen files and loss of devices - since last year
# Child And Family Agency
# Child And Family Agency

Tusla suffers 23 'high risk' data breaches - including stolen files and loss of devices - since last year

Aug 17th 2020, 6:30 AM 14,484 Views 9 Comments

The vast majority of the cases involved an “employee error or omission”.

Friday 31 July, 2020

€20k CCTV system installed in area ravaged by the Drogheda feud
# Drogheda Feud
# Drogheda Feud

€20k CCTV system installed in area ravaged by the Drogheda feud

Jul 31st 2020, 6:30 AM 20,687 Views 9 Comments

The CCTV system had been out of operation for more than seven years due to lack of funding.

Monday 6 July, 2020

'Who took this decision?': Top civil servant queried decision not to publish pensions paid to former Taoisigh
# Robert Watt
# Robert Watt

'Who took this decision?': Top civil servant queried decision not to publish pensions paid to former Taoisigh

Jul 6th 2020, 6:30 AM 47,550 Views 48 Comments

DPER Secretary General Robert Watt told an official: “I don’t understand why we should not release the information.”

Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Irish Water staff threatened with machete and pelted with rocks
# 21 Instances
# 21 Instances

Irish Water staff threatened with machete and pelted with rocks

Apr 15th 2020, 6:00 AM 27,345 Views 73 Comments

An incident log shows that 21 instances of assault or abuse were reported by staff since 2017.

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

Feb 20th 2020, 9:00 PM 71,965 Views 44 Comments

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
# LE Aisling
# LE Aisling

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

Feb 15th 2020, 7:30 AM 38,231 Views 58 Comments

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
# Billed Gates
# Billed Gates

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

Feb 14th 2020, 6:05 AM 89,488 Views 81 Comments

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
# Department Of Justice
# Department Of Justice

Justice Department tried to soothe 'nonsense' RIC commemoration concerns

Feb 11th 2020, 6:00 AM 19,534 Views 10 Comments

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
# Hawkins House
# Hawkins House

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

Feb 4th 2020, 6:05 AM 12,396 Views 20 Comments

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
# Séan Ó Fearghaíl
# Séan Ó Fearghaíl

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

Feb 3rd 2020, 6:10 AM 52,682 Views 37 Comments

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
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

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

Jan 18th 2020, 8:00 AM 14,715 Views 11 Comments

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

Thursday 2 January, 2020

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

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

Jan 2nd 2020, 6:30 AM 50,395 Views 54 Comments

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
# SUPPORTS
# SUPPORTS

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

Dec 14th 2019, 12:05 AM 61,585 Views 138 Comments

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
# New Guidance
# New Guidance

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

Feb 25th 2019, 6:30 AM 31,316 Views 61 Comments

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
# Secret Memorandum
# Secret Memorandum

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

Feb 4th 2019, 9:45 AM 44,662 Views 54 Comments

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
# Cigarettes And Alcohol
# Cigarettes And Alcohol

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

Dec 27th 2018, 6:00 AM 15,850 Views 22 Comments

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
# Fuel Costs
# Fuel Costs

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

Dec 19th 2018, 6:15 AM 11,169 Views 47 Comments

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
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

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

Dec 15th 2018, 8:15 AM 13,827 Views 31 Comments

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
# Scutting
# Scutting

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

Dec 3rd 2018, 6:00 AM 11,254 Views 12 Comments

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
# Minister Paul Kehoe
# Minister Paul Kehoe

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

Nov 1st 2018, 6:05 AM 41,637 Views 72 Comments

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
# Global Warming
# Global Warming

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

Oct 19th 2018, 6:20 AM 92,949 Views 70 Comments

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
# Running To Standstill
# Running To Standstill

Over 5,000 accidents on M50 since 2017

Oct 11th 2018, 6:40 AM 17,579 Views 59 Comments

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
# Keeping It Local
# Keeping It Local

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

Oct 1st 2018, 6:00 AM 39,744 Views 41 Comments

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
# Mandatory Not Compulsory
# Mandatory Not Compulsory

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

Dec 17th 2017, 12:05 AM 34,545 Views 93 Comments

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'
# Column
# Column

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

Oct 2nd 2017, 3:45 PM 19,226 Views 34 Comments

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
# Cheat Us All
# Cheat Us All

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

Jun 24th 2017, 12:05 AM 26,300 Views 79 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information

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

Aug 8th 2016, 6:15 AM 12,601 Views 76 Comments

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