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Meath County Council still trying to determine why bridge built to last a century failed
The Millennium Bridge was forced to close in the summer, little more than 20 years after it opened.
Essay mills suspected of hiring 'promoters' within colleges to gather information on assignments
A memo from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) outlined its suspicions.
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Ireland's Best Drives: Feast your eyes on this truly stunning Wicklow day trip
It’s just a stone’s throw from Dublin and we guarantee you won’t regret spending a day driving around Wicklow.
USB key sent by Gsoc to garda internal affairs 'went missing after being sent in the post'
The data breach was one of 29 reported by the Garda Ombudsman over the past two years.
Learners could face higher insurance costs over growing waiting lists for driving tests, RSA report says
The Road Safety Authority also warned of “reputational risk” for themselves and the Department of Transport over the long waiting lists.
Tusla suffers 23 'high risk' data breaches - including stolen files and loss of devices - since last year
The vast majority of the cases involved an “employee error or omission”.
€20k CCTV system installed in area ravaged by the Drogheda feud
The CCTV system had been out of operation for more than seven years due to lack of funding.
'Who took this decision?': Top civil servant queried decision not to publish pensions paid to former Taoisigh
DPER Secretary General Robert Watt told an official: “I don’t understand why we should not release the information.”
Irish Water staff threatened with machete and pelted with rocks
An incident log shows that 21 instances of assault or abuse were reported by staff since 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
Over 5,000 accidents on M50 since 2017
More than 2,000 cars broke down over a 21 month period.
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.
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.
'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.
Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign
Newly-released FOI documents show that the Department had considered changing the title to something less forceful.
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.