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Thursday 13 January, 2022

Peat was cut at 280 plots in protected bogs last year without State consent
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Peat was cut at 280 plots in protected bogs last year without State consent

Thu 12:05 AM 28,922 Views 41 Comments
  • The cutting of peat has frequently taken place at 30 protected sites over the past decade, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
  • No ministerial consents have been granted by the State to allow cutting in any of the protected raised bog network sites
  • Just 1% of Ireland's active raised bogs remain after decades of peat-cutting and land reclamation

Sunday 2 January, 2022

Special branch: Over 75 cases of alleged illegal tree felling investigated last year
# Spruced Up
# Spruced Up

Special branch: Over 75 cases of alleged illegal tree felling investigated last year

Jan 2nd 2022, 12:05 AM 32,792 Views 19 Comments
  • Several large-scale cases still open, including the felling of 30 hectares of forest, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
  • Removal of trees to make way for agricultural expansion is a common issue across many cases
  • In several instances, trees were cut down in protected nature areas or on land previously sold to private individuals by Coillte

Wednesday 29 December, 2021

Noteworthy: Community-sourced ideas and crowdfunded investigations win four awards this year
# Bumper Year
# Bumper Year

Noteworthy: Community-sourced ideas and crowdfunded investigations win four awards this year

Dec 29th 2021, 7:30 AM 4,306 Views 2 Comments

The Journal’s investigative platform published 14 investigations in 2021 and scooped 4 awards.

Sunday 26 December, 2021

Rare hen harrier numbers plummet as plan to protect species pushed back
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Rare hen harrier numbers plummet as plan to protect species pushed back

Dec 26th 2021, 8:30 AM 25,340 Views 8 Comments

Only 18 pairs of the rare raptor species reared chicks this year in areas designated to protect it – the most unproductive year on record.

Monday 20 December, 2021

Crackdown sees 50 cases launched against illegal hedge cutting this year
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

Crackdown sees 50 cases launched against illegal hedge cutting this year

Dec 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 43,880 Views 18 Comments
  • Huge crackdown on illegal cutting during bird nesting season over the past two years, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
  • Since 2020, the wildlife service has taken as many cases to court as it did between 2010 and 2019
  • Over €45,000 was paid by guilty parties in fines, costs and donations to charities this year alone

Monday 29 November, 2021

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law

Nov 29th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,568 Views 31 Comments
  • Legal experts argue that new peat legislation disregards strict EU environmental law, writes Niall Sargent as part of Noteworthy investigation of peat extraction
  • Bill would give planning exemption to peat extraction for horticulture and pause any ongoing enforcement action until at least 2026
  • Peatland experts are also concerned the Bill is ' not compatible' with our climate action goals

Saturday 20 November, 2021

Ireland exporting 11 times more peat than it imports - amid horticulture supply fears
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Ireland exporting 11 times more peat than it imports - amid horticulture supply fears

Nov 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 45,978 Views 20 Comments
  • 500,000 tonnes of peat products exported so far this year amid supply concerns for domestic horticulture market, writes Niall Sargent as part of new Noteworthy investigation
  • Global trade reports show Irish peat exported to mushroom industry as recently as this month
  • State confirms exports did not fall under remit of working group examining peat use in horticulture

Saturday 6 November, 2021

Analysis: The argument that Ireland is too small to take climate action doesn’t hold up
# Green Jersey
# Green Jersey

Analysis: The argument that Ireland is too small to take climate action doesn’t hold up

Nov 6th 2021, 1:00 PM 15,832 Views 58 Comments

Despite our small size, we have a significant carbon footprint in global rankings

Friday 8 October, 2021

A win for farming, a win for nature: scheming for sustainability
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

A win for farming, a win for nature: scheming for sustainability

Oct 8th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,202 Views 7 Comments

Farm subsidies to protect biodiversity need to be channelled into results-led projects.

Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Commission raps Ireland for 'persistently failing' to manage protected nature sites
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Commission raps Ireland for 'persistently failing' to manage protected nature sites

Sep 21st 2021, 7:05 AM 26,026 Views 12 Comments

Just over 60% of our 600-plus legally protected nature areas have conservation objectives.

Wednesday 8 September, 2021

Explosion in poultry farming in Border region poses air pollution threat
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

Explosion in poultry farming in Border region poses air pollution threat

Sep 8th 2021, 12:01 AM 29,658 Views 23 Comments
  • There are an estimated 18.5 million farmed chickens in Monaghan producing ammonia-laden manure.
  • Report, seen by Noteworthy's Niall Sargent, warns of "direct and indirect negative impacts on the environment locally".
  • Soil, water and air pollution an increasing concern.

Saturday 28 August, 2021

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact

Aug 28th 2021, 9:15 AM 13,948 Views 10 Comments

Ireland’s overall spending on biodiversity protection is also under internationally-accepted levels.

Friday 27 August, 2021

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it

Aug 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 23,940 Views 40 Comments
  • A host of iconic Irish species and habitats are under threat, writes Niall Sargent in first part of Noteworthy's investigation into biodiversity loss
  • Virtually none of our protected nature areas have management plans
  • An expert forum has labelled the State as the “biggest transgressor of environmental law in Ireland”

Wednesday 7 July, 2021

Noteworthy investigations reveal biggest climate emitters and violent bike theft increase
# Thanks To You
# Thanks To You

Noteworthy investigations reveal biggest climate emitters and violent bike theft increase

Jul 7th 2021, 8:00 PM 11,713 Views 0 Comments

The investigative platform completed four new projects in the past three months, thanks to your contributions.

Thursday 1 July, 2021

Licence granted for large salmon farm in Bantry Bay despite strong opposition
# Troubled Waters
# Troubled Waters

Licence granted for large salmon farm in Bantry Bay despite strong opposition

Jul 1st 2021, 1:47 PM 17,481 Views 17 Comments

Decision follows six-year appeals process, with opponents ‘gutted’ and ‘extremely disappointed’ with the decision.

Sunday 27 June, 2021

Licensed to Fail: ‘Outdated’ salmon farm licensing system comes under fire from all sides
# Troubled Waters
# Troubled Waters

Licensed to Fail: ‘Outdated’ salmon farm licensing system comes under fire from all sides

Jun 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 17,316 Views 14 Comments
  • Over 20 salmon farms operating with expired licences for over a decade, writes Niall Sargent in final part of Noteworthy investigation into salmon farming
  • State has investigated several cases of possible licence breaches by Ireland's largest salmon company
  • No enforcement over various farms’ failure to carry out assessments for impacts on marine biodiversity

Saturday 26 June, 2021

Lice, infectious disease and taking reef fish: The impact of salmon farms on marine biodiversity
# Troubled Waters
# Troubled Waters

Lice, infectious disease and taking reef fish: The impact of salmon farms on marine biodiversity

Jun 26th 2021, 9:15 AM 14,219 Views 10 Comments
  • State holds limited details on disease outbreaks and mortality rates at salmon farms, reports Niall Sargent of Noteworthy, our investigative platform
  • Little regulation of wild wrasse fishing for use as cleaner fish on farms despite potential marine impacts
  • Experts warn Ireland lacks baseline data to effectively monitor for salmon farm escapes

Friday 25 June, 2021

State issues licences to salmon farms to cull protected seals, documents reveal
# Troubled Waters
# Troubled Waters

State issues licences to salmon farms to cull protected seals, documents reveal

Jun 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 43,734 Views 53 Comments
  • Since 2015, the NPWS granted 11 licences to farms to shoot small numbers of the protected species, reports Niall Sargent in the first part of Noteworthy's investigation into the salmon industry
  • Conservation groups have expressed shock at the decision and a lack of scientific evidence behind culling
  • The NPWS does not generally carry out site visits to monitor cull events due to 'resourcing issues'

Monday 24 May, 2021

Fracking not compatible with human rights law, says Irish study

Fracking not compatible with human rights law, says Irish study

May 24th 2021, 8:15 PM 11,503 Views 1 Comment

A new report from NUIG’s Centre for Human Rights calls on the State to use its weight at the UN to push for a global ban on fracking.

Tuesday 4 May, 2021

State spent 2.5 times more on fossil fuel subsidies than climate supports over past decade
# Cost Of Carbon
# Cost Of Carbon

State spent 2.5 times more on fossil fuel subsidies than climate supports over past decade

May 4th 2021, 9:30 AM 9,290 Views 14 Comments

Noteworthy shows that State revenue from an EU carbon trading scheme went into controversial forestry programme and a rural transport scheme.

Monday 3 May, 2021

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public
# Cost Of Carbon
# Cost Of Carbon

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public

May 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 18,098 Views 9 Comments
  • Companies are starting to volunteer their emissions data but State bodies slow to reveal all details to public, writes Niall Sargent.
  • While emissions levels are falling in many sectors, Noteworthy analysis shows that sectors such as agriculture and aviation are stagnating or growing.
  • Ireland is doing well on finding energy efficiencies but there is still a mountain to climb.

Sunday 11 April, 2021

State warned by EU official in 2017 over eco-credentials of forestry licensing process
# Spruced Up
# Spruced Up

State warned by EU official in 2017 over eco-credentials of forestry licensing process

Apr 11th 2021, 8:30 AM 18,821 Views 14 Comments

Records released to Noteworthy show that the State was warned it is not doing enough to ensure environmental risks from forestry “are a thing of the past”.

Monday 22 February, 2021

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms

Feb 22nd 2021, 8:30 PM 75,514 Views 23 Comments

Noteworthy finds biodiversity in a battle with some farming practices – and a low level of accountability demanded by the Department of Agriculture.

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk

Feb 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 46,447 Views 59 Comments

Noteworthy discovers rich hedgerow resource cut back by local authorities during bird nesting season.

Sunday 31 January, 2021

What are the wider implications of Covid-19 on our overlooked health services?
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

What are the wider implications of Covid-19 on our overlooked health services?

Jan 31st 2021, 11:00 AM 9,106 Views 10 Comments

In your monthly update from Noteworthy, the investigative team looks at how the pandemic is shining a light on long-term deficiencies in our health system.

Wednesday 30 December, 2020

Forestry backlog continues as licences overturned due to biodiversity concerns
# Timber Trouble
# Timber Trouble

Forestry backlog continues as licences overturned due to biodiversity concerns

Dec 30th 2020, 7:00 AM 19,122 Views 16 Comments

Noteworthy analysis reveals serious concerns remain over environmental assessments undertaken by the State prior to granting plantation forestry licences.

Monday 28 December, 2020

Swimming was banned at bathing spots across Ireland for over 350 days this year
# Do Not Swim
# Do Not Swim

Swimming was banned at bathing spots across Ireland for over 350 days this year

Dec 28th 2020, 12:05 AM 21,800 Views 11 Comments

Noteworthy analysis of EPA data shows that “do not swim” notices are an all too common occurrence at beaches across the country.

Sunday 27 December, 2020

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting environmental info from public authorities
# Info Hub
# Info Hub

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting environmental info from public authorities

Dec 27th 2020, 11:30 AM 9,218 Views 4 Comments

Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how to use AIE requests to access a world of biodiversity and climate information.

Friday 18 December, 2020

'Under pressure': Industry urges State to open horticultural workforce to non-EU workers
# Reaping The Harvest
# Reaping The Harvest

'Under pressure': Industry urges State to open horticultural workforce to non-EU workers

Dec 18th 2020, 7:30 PM 10,071 Views 9 Comments

Noteworthy examines an industry push for visas for non-EU workers in horticulture that has raised concern with unions, migrant rights groups and some Government departments.

Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Precarity in academic employment under the spotlight: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Busy Investigating
# Busy Investigating

Precarity in academic employment under the spotlight: Latest news from Noteworthy

Dec 1st 2020, 12:00 PM 4,982 Views 0 Comments

Learn how you can support Noteworthy this festive season to investigate the stories that matter to you.

Monday 26 October, 2020

'David vs Goliath': why individuals are challenging Ireland's forestry licences
# Spruced Up
# Spruced Up

'David vs Goliath': why individuals are challenging Ireland's forestry licences

Oct 26th 2020, 7:30 AM 63,459 Views 27 Comments

We look at thousands of forestry applications and appeal decisions to reveal deep problems in the quality of environmental assessments.

Sunday 25 October, 2020

Ireland's tree-planting policies are bad news for biodiversity
# Spruced Up
# Spruced Up

Ireland's tree-planting policies are bad news for biodiversity

Oct 25th 2020, 12:05 AM 69,207 Views 67 Comments

Analysis reveals licences for conifer plantations still being granted on biodiversity-rich areas and precious peat soils.

Thursday 1 October, 2020

Voices of sexual crime survivors and far-right investigation: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Your Stories
# Your Stories

Voices of sexual crime survivors and far-right investigation: Latest news from Noteworthy

Oct 1st 2020, 12:00 PM 9,979 Views 11 Comments

Your support means that Noteworthy can now also start investigating illegal hedgecutting.

Monday 7 September, 2020

Harassment and infestations among top complaints about homeless accommodation
# Emergency Accommodation
# Emergency Accommodation

Harassment and infestations among top complaints about homeless accommodation

Sep 7th 2020, 12:04 AM 14,875 Views 3 Comments

Newly released data on complaints details the issues facing people in emergency living situations.

Sunday 30 August, 2020

Power Down: How years of policy neglect left Ireland in the shadow of a solar revolution
# Solving Solar
# Solving Solar

Power Down: How years of policy neglect left Ireland in the shadow of a solar revolution

Aug 30th 2020, 9:00 PM 40,331 Views 33 Comments

We examine the key roadblocks that have limited small-scale solar power and if enough is now being done to hit impending EU targets.

Sunday 2 August, 2020

Caring about childcare, parent rights and carers: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Help Us Investigate
# Help Us Investigate

Caring about childcare, parent rights and carers: Latest news from Noteworthy

Aug 2nd 2020, 10:30 AM 13,608 Views 1 Comment

Our community-driven platform has listened to you and launched proposed projects on the Big Four, plastic waste and agri-subsidies.

Monday 8 June, 2020

Bumper month for support and Covid-19 project update: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Busy Investigating
# Busy Investigating

Bumper month for support and Covid-19 project update: Latest news from Noteworthy

Jun 8th 2020, 7:30 PM 7,729 Views 0 Comments

More of your ideas have been turned into proposed investigations as part of the team’s pandemic project.

Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Fall in air pollution from traffic since Covid-19 restrictions
# Clearing The Air
# Clearing The Air

Fall in air pollution from traffic since Covid-19 restrictions

May 27th 2020, 12:11 PM 9,892 Views 34 Comments

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nitrogen dioxide levels have dropped in tandem with the sharp fall in car use over the past months.

Sunday 3 May, 2020

The hard graft of horticulture makes it difficult for the sector to grow
# Essential Workers
# Essential Workers

The hard graft of horticulture makes it difficult for the sector to grow

May 3rd 2020, 8:30 PM 21,452 Views 34 Comments

The Keelings workers controversy has thrown a spotlight on a complex corner of Irish food production.