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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C


This year
# Ukraine
Department officials were hoping for a 'Hail Mary' last year due refugee accommodation issues
In situation reports from last autumn, officials describe desperate efforts to relieve acute ‘immediate pressuresi at the Citywest transit centre in Dublin.
RTE's Liveline was the most complained-about show last year
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland received 91 complaints in 2022.
# Road Safety Authority
Driving testers raised concerns after RSA allowed cars without valid NCT to be used for test
An RSA spokesperson said that there is a responsibility on motorists to ensure their car is always roadworthy.
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# Sisters of Charity
St Vincent's creates list of Catholic iconography to return to orders after shares transfer
St Vincent’s University Hospital has developed a lengthy list of crucifixes, paintings, statues, St Brigid’s crosses, busts, and stained glass.
# Mice
Forensic Science Ireland offices dealt with spate of mice infestations in past year
Emails released by FSI reveal a litany of issues with rodents at their HQ in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.
Last year
Data Protection Commission warned legal costs could drain resources, document shows
The risk register also warned of the difficulty in securing enough government funding and getting sanction for “key items of expenditure”.
# Assault
Hospitals recorded hundreds each of violent incidents by patients in 2021 alone
Galway University Hospitals said that only serious incidents were recorded because incidents of abuse and harassment are so “frequent”.
# Misinformation
HSE flagged over 3,000 Covid-19 social media posts due to misinformation
Most of the flagged posts were on Twitter.
# Tourists
Tourism Ireland was worried article about visit cost for holidaymakers would get 'amplified'
There has been a steady level of online complaints from visitors to Ireland, a Tourism Ireland report said.
# Energy Crisis
Watchdog warns of 'acute' risk to security of power supply in Ireland
The CRU’s latest risk register warned of the potential for significant outages.
# Delays
Over 110 complaints made to ambulance service last year, with almost half in Munster
A spokeswoman said the National Ambulance Service receives over 365,000 emergency calls a year.
# Pest Control
Mice eating through box of Milk Tray among pest problems at Garda headquarters over past year
One exterminator’s report said a mouse was causing “mass panic” in the building opposite the Technical Bureau main entrance.
# Irish Rail
Over 40 Irish Rail station elevators put out of service by anti-social behavior in 2021
Irish Rail reported more than 500 faults with elevators in 2021 with the majority of those resulting in lifts being unusable.
# well paid job
Ceann Comhairle salary is higher than every other politician except the President
The Dáil speaker job comes with a €227,000 salary, more than €10,000 higher than that of the Taoiseach.
# airport chaos
DAA pleaded not to be hit with fines over lengthy queues
Correspondence shows that the Dublin Airport operator said any over-emphasis on queuing times risked the potential for non-compliance with stringent EU rules on security.
# Social Media
Facebook and Twitter offering supports for TDs and Senators who experience online abuse
The platforms provided briefings to politicians earlier this year and promised enhanced facilities for reporting harassment.
# Office of Public Works
Magazine Fort in Phoenix Park poses 'serious health and safety risk' to public, documents show
Internal records detail how the site has been in a state of “ongoing disrepair” and dogged by issues with intruders, security and vandalism.
# Courts
High Court president's comments on judge shortage were 'most unfortunate', senior official said
There was an “implicit criticism” of the government and Áras an Uachtaráin in the comments, senior officials noted.
# Irish Rail
Policy needed to focus on customer response rather than train rescues, Irish Rail report says
Two engine failures caused major delays on an inter-city service last year.
# Leinster House
Marc MacSharry compares Ireland to 'Marxist Republic' after claiming Oireachtas staffer opened his post
The saga began when MacSharry tried to circulate a report on the impact of Covid-19 on mental health last July.
# mayo county council
Council pays back over €1.2m in funding after audit finds money drawn down before work done
Mayo County Council had been awarded significant funding for tourism and amenity projects.
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# spring lane
Minister warned of 'serious risk of loss of life' at Cork halting site due to safety issues
The Spring Lane site had been the subject of a scathing report from the Ombudsman for Children early last summer.
# Disciplined
Five gardaí disciplined over use of social media
Gardaí have in recent years been hit by controversy relating to the sharing of sensitive material.
# tusla
Tusla staff report having more time for face to face work in aftermath of HSE cyberattack
Internal records detail how some employees reported being less burdened with emails.
# storm names
Met Éireann objected to Dave over Diarmuid as part of storm names poll
Internal records detail how there was healthy debate over what names to include.
# Weedkiller
More than 17,000 litres of weedkiller sprayed onto Irish roads over two years
The continued use of glyphosate products has been controversial as a result of lawsuits in the United States relating to its cancer-causing risk.
# coombe hospital
Coombe Hospital asks HSE to replace 50-year-old lifts due to mysterious heavy smoke
The source of the smoke could not be found.
# dog fouling
Dog fouling drops over 50% in Galway after spray paint trial
Volunteers sprayed dog excrement in pink paint to highlight the issue.
# Cork
Council hits back at damning report from Children's Ombudsman on Cork halting site
The council said some of the findings were “unsatisfactory and unhelpful”.
# Wrath of the Druids
Tourism Ireland spent almost €50,000 on Assassin's Creed marketing campaign
Twitch influencers were briefed on Irish history for when they were live-streaming the game.
# gender balance
Advisory group will attempt to 'achieve gender balance' in Leinster House artworks
Plans for the display of some modern artworks to liven up parts of Leinster House are also under consideration.
# department of housing
Move to restrict legal cases against planning proposals provokes nearly 300 complaints
An Taisce were among more than a dozen environmental groups to object to the proposals.
# Weather pain
Met Éireann staff advised to say Irish summers could get drier due to climate change
The latest projections suggested there might be fewer storms – but that the ones that do come would be worse.
# anti-lockdown protests
Tánaiste urged tech giants to stop spread of Covid misinformation and help tackle illegal gatherings
Leo Varadkar sent letters to Facebook, Twitter, Google, and TikTok following violent protests in Dublin.
# Tax
An Garda Síochána pays Revenue €270,000 to settle VAT bill for Templemore restaurant and shop
Confusion had arisen over how goods sold at the restaurant and shop in Templemore should be charged for VAT, according to the report.
# Data Protection
Data regulator wrote repeatedly to Mother & Baby Home Commission about handling of sensitive testimony
The Data Protection Commissioner raised concerns about the handling of survivor testimony and delays in responding to queries.
# Dublin
Council to take €250,000 loss on Dublin property it bought just four years ago
Though commercial property prices have generally risen since then, the council says the condition of the property has deteriorated.
# Kilkenny County Council
Kilkenny County Council paid phone bills of former employees for years, according to internal audits
Audits also found that staff had not been logging absences and had not kept logs of what cars employees were driving.
# Firearms
Gardaí report 47 incidents involving tasers and stun devices last year including one on a dog
A log of one incident in Cork in August said the person had injuries to their hands, arm, and face that had been self-inflicted.
# Papal Visit
Phoenix Park gates to be rehung this summer nearly three years after Pope Francis visit
The OPW said it was hopeful the €800,000 plus refurbishment would be completed by the end of July.