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# foi - Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Two international journalism awards for our investigative platform Noteworthy
# Busy Investigating
# Busy Investigating

Two international journalism awards for our investigative platform Noteworthy

Wed 12:30 PM 4,624 Views 0 Comments

The investigative team completed a number of collaborative projects in the past three months, thanks to your contributions.

# foi - Sunday 3 October, 2021

Met Éireann objected to Dave over Diarmuid as part of storm names poll
# Storm Names
# Storm Names

Met Éireann objected to Dave over Diarmuid as part of storm names poll

Oct 3rd 2021, 3:20 PM 43,625 Views 35 Comments

Internal records detail how there was healthy debate over what names to include.

# foi - Thursday 16 September, 2021

Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department
# Mother And Baby Homes
# Mother And Baby Homes

Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department

Sep 16th 2021, 12:05 AM 20,763 Views 0 Comments
  • Survivors of mother and baby institutions have been told to submit FOI requests, despite already applying under GDPR
  • A number of women are considering legal action, Órla Ryan reports
  • Noelle Brown says the latest development is "despicable" and "ridiculous"

# foi - Tuesday 7 September, 2021

'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation

Sep 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 16,688 Views 14 Comments
  • Latest episode in controversy has seen concerns raised by journalists, transparency activists and opposition TDs, Stephen McDermott writes.
  • Simon Coveney set to appear before Oireachtas committee this morning, following admission last week that he deleted text messages.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs published 111 records relating to proposed Zappone appointment yesterday on foot of numerous FOI requests.

# foi - Monday 6 September, 2021

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March
# Document Drop
# Document Drop

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March

Sep 6th 2021, 5:20 PM 44,392 Views 129 Comments
  • Coveney is due back before an Oireachtas committee tomorrow morning and has promised to answer questions on the documents.
  • Texts released today add further detail to the timeline surrounding the planned appointment of Zappone to the UN envoy role.
  • The document dump also includes a text from Zappone in the aftermath of the Merrion-gate controversy.

# foi - Thursday 19 August, 2021

Dog fouling drops over 50% in Galway after spray paint trial
# Dog Fouling
# Dog Fouling

Dog fouling drops over 50% in Galway after spray paint trial

Aug 19th 2021, 9:59 AM 77,504 Views 26 Comments

Volunteers sprayed dog excrement in pink paint to highlight the issue.

# foi - Friday 9 July, 2021

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
# GDPR
# GDPR

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors

Jul 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,146 Views 25 Comments
  • A data expert says the Minister for Children's approach breaches GDPR, Órla Ryan writes
  • Survivors have said a GP should not be involved in the process - at odds with the Department
  • Minister Roderic O'Gorman is in discussions with Cabinet colleagues about new regulations

# foi - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

'The sooner it's boarded up the better': Official wanted door to be blocked to stop homeless person 'moving in'
# Rathmines
# Rathmines

'The sooner it's boarded up the better': Official wanted door to be blocked to stop homeless person 'moving in'

Jul 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 76,439 Views 75 Comments
  • An official wrote the email before the doorway at the Rathmines college was covered with wooden hoardings in late May, Cónal Thomas reports.
  • The boarding up of the location prompted an outcry on social media because the location had been frequented by a man who slept rough.
  • Official statements at the time suggested that the doorway was boarded up to facilitate Leaving Certificate exams in June.

# foi - Thursday 17 June, 2021

Freedom of Information Act to be reviewed by government
# Transparency
# Transparency

Freedom of Information Act to be reviewed by government

Jun 17th 2021, 6:46 PM 10,999 Views 8 Comments

The Act will be reviewed for the first time since being updated in 2014.

# foi - Monday 31 May, 2021

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest

May 31st 2021, 12:05 AM 69,493 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar contacted the companies following a protest in March.

# foi - Sunday 2 May, 2021

Face masks, hand sanitiser and issues with social distancing dominate 2020 public transport complaints
# Off The Rails
# Off The Rails

Face masks, hand sanitiser and issues with social distancing dominate 2020 public transport complaints

May 2nd 2021, 6:30 AM 16,592 Views 21 Comments

Covid-19 was central to dozens of complaints about public transport last year.

# foi - Tuesday 6 April, 2021

'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'
# Adoption
# Adoption

'Imagine someone clicked their fingers and you had no family or history, that's the reality for thousands of us'

Apr 6th 2021, 4:46 PM 13,431 Views 16 Comments

Adopted people have called for long-awaited tracing and information legislation to be published as a matter of urgency.

# foi - Sunday 21 March, 2021

USB key sent by Gsoc to garda internal affairs 'went missing after being sent in the post'
# Gsoc
# Gsoc

USB key sent by Gsoc to garda internal affairs 'went missing after being sent in the post'

Mar 21st 2021, 4:42 PM 44,061 Views 0 Comments

The data breach was one of 29 reported by the Garda Ombudsman over the past two years.

# foi - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

Rolex watch stored in safe at Department of Taoiseach despite requests to sell it for charity
# Ceann Comhairle
# Ceann Comhairle

Rolex watch stored in safe at Department of Taoiseach despite requests to sell it for charity

Mar 9th 2021, 6:30 AM 82,279 Views 31 Comments

The watch was gifted to Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl when he was visiting the United Arab Emirates in late 2018.

# foi - Thursday 18 February, 2021

HSE boss told NPHET member he was at 'wits end' over post-Christmas Covid computer glitch
# Does Not Compute
# Does Not Compute

HSE boss told NPHET member he was at 'wits end' over post-Christmas Covid computer glitch

Feb 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 60,653 Views 69 Comments

Ireland was likely experiencing record numbers of Covid-19 cases earlier than officially reported.

# foi - Monday 8 February, 2021

'I put an 11-week-old fetus into a little coffin': Student nurses to the Taoiseach in their own words
# Student Nurses
# Student Nurses

'I put an 11-week-old fetus into a little coffin': Student nurses to the Taoiseach in their own words

Feb 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 59,767 Views 37 Comments

A number of nurses contacted Micheál Martin following a Dáil debate over pay in December

# foi - Monday 1 February, 2021

'I had to tell them their baby was dead': Student nurses to Stephen Donnelly in their own words
# Student Nurses
# Student Nurses

'I had to tell them their baby was dead': Student nurses to Stephen Donnelly in their own words

Feb 1st 2021, 12:05 AM 101,552 Views 52 Comments

A number of nurses contacted the Health Minister following a Dáil debate over pay in December.

# foi - Saturday 2 January, 2021

Nursing home complaints during Covid: Concerns over isolation and lack of social distancing
# Allegations
# Allegations

Nursing home complaints during Covid: Concerns over isolation and lack of social distancing

Jan 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 30,201 Views 25 Comments

The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

# foi - Friday 1 January, 2021

The power of information with a slice of horticulture: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Busy Investigating
# Busy Investigating

The power of information with a slice of horticulture: Latest news from Noteworthy

Jan 1st 2021, 12:01 PM 7,945 Views 0 Comments

Highlights include a series which helps you access data from public authorities and an investigation into horticulture labour practices.

# foi - Wednesday 30 December, 2020

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to uncovering housing and local information
# Info Hub
# Info Hub

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to uncovering housing and local information

Dec 30th 2020, 11:30 AM 7,613 Views 0 Comments

Our community-driven platform Noteworthy helps you find out if you are in an area prone to floods, landslides, high radon and more.

# foi - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting the most from Freedom of Information requests
# Access To Information
# Access To Information

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting the most from Freedom of Information requests

Dec 29th 2020, 11:30 AM 9,014 Views 2 Comments

Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how to use the FOI Act to access non-personal records.

# foi - Monday 28 December, 2020

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to discovering who holds your info - and what's in there
# Info Hub
# Info Hub

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to discovering who holds your info - and what's in there

Dec 28th 2020, 11:30 AM 17,057 Views 4 Comments

Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how access your personal information from both public bodies and private companies.

# foi - 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 9,202 Views 4 Comments

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

# foi - Saturday 26 December, 2020

More than 500,000 people had points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

More than 500,000 people had points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown

Dec 26th 2020, 7:30 AM 39,939 Views 31 Comments

A total of 510,269 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2020.

# foi - Friday 25 December, 2020

TDs and Senators rack up over €2,000 in arrears at Dáil bar and restaurant
# On The House
# On The House

TDs and Senators rack up over €2,000 in arrears at Dáil bar and restaurant

Dec 25th 2020, 9:00 PM 70,722 Views 96 Comments

Figures obtained by TheJournal.ie show how much was owed by Dáil staff last month.

RTÉ says it's striving to improve Player amid complaints about 'frustrating' and 'ridiculous' service
# Streaming
# Streaming

RTÉ says it's striving to improve Player amid complaints about 'frustrating' and 'ridiculous' service

Dec 25th 2020, 5:00 PM 63,984 Views 82 Comments

“To say this is frustrating would be a gross understatement,” one viewer wrote.

# foi - Thursday 24 December, 2020

'Ridiculous' forecasting and 'offensive' lack of Northern Irish coverage: The complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2020
# Year In Weather
# Year In Weather

'Ridiculous' forecasting and 'offensive' lack of Northern Irish coverage: The complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2020

Dec 24th 2020, 12:05 AM 46,974 Views 37 Comments

Some people complained about Met Éireann’s predictions while others took issue with the website.

# foi - 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 4,968 Views 0 Comments

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

# foi - Sunday 1 November, 2020

Government inaction on genomics and forestry on precious peat: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Busy Investigating
# Busy Investigating

Government inaction on genomics and forestry on precious peat: Latest news from Noteworthy

Nov 1st 2020, 9:30 AM 13,845 Views 9 Comments

Two major investigations were published over the past month thanks to your continued support.

# foi - Thursday 8 October, 2020

'Ciara caused a lot of hassle': Irish pronunciation leaves Dutch tongue-tied in naming of 2020-21 storms
# Name Our Storms
# Name Our Storms

'Ciara caused a lot of hassle': Irish pronunciation leaves Dutch tongue-tied in naming of 2020-21 storms

Oct 8th 2020, 6:15 AM 25,874 Views 33 Comments

Irish, UK and Dutch meteorologists recently collaborated on the winter storm names.

# foi - Monday 5 October, 2020

Transport Department accused DCC of making 'allegations against State bodies' over traffic 'Wish List'
# Dublin City Council
# Dublin City Council

Transport Department accused DCC of making 'allegations against State bodies' over traffic 'Wish List'

Oct 5th 2020, 6:10 AM 16,852 Views 16 Comments

The Council had requested in its ‘Wish List’ to Minister Eamon Ryan that taxis be banned from a number of bus lanes in Dublin.

# foi - 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 9,975 Views 11 Comments

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

# foi - Friday 25 September, 2020

'A ruling of significant importance': Supreme Court orders re-opening of landmark FOI appeals
# Supreme Court
# Supreme Court

'A ruling of significant importance': Supreme Court orders re-opening of landmark FOI appeals

Sep 25th 2020, 4:51 PM 23,172 Views 3 Comments

The country’s highest court made the order in two rulings today.

# foi - Monday 14 September, 2020

Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests
# Black Lives Matter
# Black Lives Matter

Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests

Sep 14th 2020, 12:05 AM 50,539 Views 168 Comments

Parents, pupils and teachers have called for an update the school curriculum.

# foi - 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 14,864 Views 3 Comments

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

# foi - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

Solving solar and caring for carers: What's new for our investigative platform?
# Your Stories
# Your Stories

Solving solar and caring for carers: What's new for our investigative platform?

Sep 1st 2020, 12:00 PM 11,135 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy is working on a several investigations and crowdfunding for new projects on dognapping and eating disorder treatment.

Over 500 incidents of assault or anti-social behaviour logged by Irish Rail this year
# Assault
# Assault

Over 500 incidents of assault or anti-social behaviour logged by Irish Rail this year

Sep 1st 2020, 7:00 AM 14,550 Views 15 Comments

The log includes several near misses, a brawl with ‘quite a bit of blood’, and theft on trains and at stations.

# foi - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

'I urge you to use common sense': Praise and criticism in public's emails to Leo during start of lockdown
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'I urge you to use common sense': Praise and criticism in public's emails to Leo during start of lockdown

Aug 18th 2020, 12:05 AM 52,340 Views 37 Comments

Correspondence sent to Varadkar shows how the public reacted to the crisis in its initial weeks.

# foi - 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 14,576 Views 9 Comments

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

# foi - 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 13,603 Views 1 Comment

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

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