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# foi - 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 47,603 Views 48 Comments

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

# foi - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Investigating floods schemes and winning our first award: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Award Winning
# Award Winning

Investigating floods schemes and winning our first award: Latest news from Noteworthy

Jul 1st 2020, 10:30 AM 4,341 Views 0 Comments

Our community-driven platform has listened to you and recently launched projects on issues including racism and hedge cutting.

# foi - Sunday 21 June, 2020

CityJet and Stobart Air asked government for six-month bailout to ensure their survival after Covid-19
# Aviation
# Aviation

CityJet and Stobart Air asked government for six-month bailout to ensure their survival after Covid-19

Jun 21st 2020, 7:00 AM 16,378 Views 18 Comments

The airlines accounted for over 13% of air traffic at Ireland’s airports before the pandemic.

# foi - Friday 19 June, 2020

HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic

Jun 19th 2020, 6:30 AM 16,175 Views 11 Comments

New figures show the health service spent more than €1 million on advertising in the first two months of the crisis.

# foi - Wednesday 17 June, 2020

Information Commissioner calls for incoming government to 'improve' Freedom of Information Act
# Peter Tyndall
# Peter Tyndall

Information Commissioner calls for incoming government to 'improve' Freedom of Information Act

Jun 17th 2020, 6:10 AM 6,563 Views 6 Comments

Peter Tyndall was commenting as he published his officer’s annual report for 2019.

# foi - 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 7,728 Views 0 Comments

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

# foi - Monday 25 May, 2020

Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April
# Clusters
# Clusters

Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April

May 25th 2020, 12:05 AM 17,922 Views 25 Comments

Many complainants raised concerns about social distancing and infection control measures in homes as the virus spread.

# foi - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

Masturbation, sex toys and multiple partners: Emails show how the HSE drafted its Covid-19 sex guidelines
# Let's Talk About Sex
# Let's Talk About Sex

Masturbation, sex toys and multiple partners: Emails show how the HSE drafted its Covid-19 sex guidelines

May 5th 2020, 12:05 AM 88,520 Views 41 Comments

The guidelines were drafted late in March after a radio interview by the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer.

# foi - Monday 4 May, 2020

Bicycle blackspots and Covid-19 domestic violence: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Busy Investigating
# Busy Investigating

Bicycle blackspots and Covid-19 domestic violence: Latest news from Noteworthy

May 4th 2020, 7:30 PM 23,444 Views 1 Comment

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

# foi - 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 27,373 Views 73 Comments

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

# foi - Monday 6 April, 2020

Looking at long-term impact of Covid-19 crisis: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Help Us Investigate
# Help Us Investigate

Looking at long-term impact of Covid-19 crisis: Latest news from Noteworthy

Apr 6th 2020, 11:59 AM 29,695 Views 1 Comment

The first investigation will look at a suspected increase in domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.

# foi - Wednesday 4 March, 2020

Chinese man's deportation stopped after State 'misleads' High Court about his registered address
# Immigration
# Immigration

Chinese man's deportation stopped after State 'misleads' High Court about his registered address

Mar 4th 2020, 12:05 AM 46,173 Views 37 Comments

The finding was made by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys last month.

# foi - Monday 2 March, 2020

Record-breaking month with highest number of supporters: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Thank You
# Thank You

Record-breaking month with highest number of supporters: Latest news from Noteworthy

Mar 2nd 2020, 6:29 PM 8,857 Views 0 Comments

An investigation into the most dangerous roads and junctions for cyclists is also underway.

Copper Face Jacks, Tayto and Bohemians FC sent warning letters by Dublin City Council over murals
# Mural High Ground
# Mural High Ground

Copper Face Jacks, Tayto and Bohemians FC sent warning letters by Dublin City Council over murals

Mar 2nd 2020, 12:05 AM 97,992 Views 0 Comments

The council sent 35 letters under the Planning and Development Act in recent years.

# foi - Monday 24 February, 2020

Plans to charge 58,000 people with excessive water usage delayed over privacy concerns
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Plans to charge 58,000 people with excessive water usage delayed over privacy concerns

Feb 24th 2020, 6:00 AM 28,328 Views 71 Comments

Discussions are underway with the Data Protection Commissioner about managing customer’s personal data.

# foi - Thursday 20 February, 2020

'Absolute disgrace': RTÉ Gold listeners wrote to Dee Forbes expressing 'devastation' over station closure
# RTÉ Gold
# RTÉ Gold

'Absolute disgrace': RTÉ Gold listeners wrote to Dee Forbes expressing 'devastation' over station closure

Feb 20th 2020, 6:00 AM 48,919 Views 31 Comments

That’s according to records released by RTÉ’s Freedom of Information unit.

# foi - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Fianna Fáil mayors accepted invitations to controversial RIC event before later criticising it
# Dublin Castle
# Dublin Castle

Fianna Fáil mayors accepted invitations to controversial RIC event before later criticising it

Feb 19th 2020, 12:05 AM 42,440 Views 67 Comments

The commemoration was cancelled by the government after it proved controversial last month.

# foi - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Irish Water brand 'badly damaged' and 'continually politicised', brief for TV doc says
# The Story Of Water
# The Story Of Water

Irish Water brand 'badly damaged' and 'continually politicised', brief for TV doc says

Feb 18th 2020, 6:15 AM 18,293 Views 53 Comments

The Story of Water, which aired on Virgin Media before Christmas, was designed to “take back control” of the company name and story.

Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment
# College Campuses
# College Campuses

Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment

Feb 18th 2020, 6:05 AM 8,826 Views 9 Comments

The Department of Education has funded the nationwide project.

# foi - Saturday 15 February, 2020

An Garda Síochána considered place for RUC in force's museum as part of Decade of Centenaries
# Dublin Castle
# Dublin Castle

An Garda Síochána considered place for RUC in force's museum as part of Decade of Centenaries

Feb 15th 2020, 10:00 PM 32,823 Views 55 Comments

The proposal was one of a number of considerations put forward by the force last year.

# foi - 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 89,510 Views 81 Comments

The Office of Public Works hopes the gates will be rehung by the end of this year.

# foi - Thursday 13 February, 2020

Dáil pigeons, Four Courts rats and museum mice among dozens of pest callouts to OPW sites
# Under Control
# Under Control

Dáil pigeons, Four Courts rats and museum mice among dozens of pest callouts to OPW sites

Feb 13th 2020, 12:05 AM 13,568 Views 21 Comments

Companies were called more than 50 times by the OPW over a two-year period.

# foi - Monday 3 February, 2020

Over 10,000 trees cut & lack of expertise revealed: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Help Us Investigate
# Help Us Investigate

Over 10,000 trees cut & lack of expertise revealed: Latest news from Noteworthy

Feb 3rd 2020, 1:15 PM 13,655 Views 8 Comments

There are four investigation proposals on their way to be funded soon, with two over 60% complete.

# foi - Saturday 18 January, 2020

'An issue of systemic importance': Supreme Court FOI ruling will alter public's relationship with State
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

'An issue of systemic importance': Supreme Court FOI ruling will alter public's relationship with State

Jan 18th 2020, 8:45 AM 18,367 Views 19 Comments

When the Supreme Court decides on the future of FOI in Ireland, it will be the end of a glacial process.

# foi - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

'Not in the public interest': Supreme Court hears FOI law could 'scare' firms from working with State in future
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

'Not in the public interest': Supreme Court hears FOI law could 'scare' firms from working with State in future

Jan 15th 2020, 7:16 PM 15,811 Views 12 Comments

The claim was made during appeal against two rulings last year brought by the Information Commissioner.

# foi - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

'I don't have to tell you': Public bodies may no longer have to justify FOI refusals, Supreme Court hears
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

'I don't have to tell you': Public bodies may no longer have to justify FOI refusals, Supreme Court hears

Jan 14th 2020, 7:55 PM 24,621 Views 18 Comments

An appeal against two rulings last year has been brought by the Information Commissioner.

# foi - Friday 10 January, 2020

'Significant restrictions' on emergency helicopter service on days when Air Corps not available
# Air Ambulance
# Air Ambulance

'Significant restrictions' on emergency helicopter service on days when Air Corps not available

Jan 10th 2020, 6:10 AM 9,771 Views 14 Comments

An internal Department of Defence briefing highlights the restrictions on where the Coast Guard helicopter can reach.

# foi - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

Oireachtas spent over €207,000 on overseas travel in last 10 months
# Travel Expenses
# Travel Expenses

Oireachtas spent over €207,000 on overseas travel in last 10 months

Jan 8th 2020, 12:05 AM 14,061 Views 36 Comments

The cost includes more than €9,200 on business class flights to Paraguay for two senators.

# foi - Monday 6 January, 2020

Chopping trees and controversial bridges: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Noteworthy
# Noteworthy

Chopping trees and controversial bridges: Latest news from Noteworthy

Jan 6th 2020, 10:36 AM 7,076 Views 2 Comments

There are 44 open investigation proposals compiled from ideas sent to us by you, our readers.

Irish Rail introducing measures to deal with reservations not appearing over pre-booked seats
# Complaints
# Complaints

Irish Rail introducing measures to deal with reservations not appearing over pre-booked seats

Jan 6th 2020, 7:00 AM 26,100 Views 35 Comments

Customers have expressed frustration at their reservation name or number not appearing above the seat they have booked.

Motorist who got someone else to sit theory exam was caught after RSA staff recognised impersonator
# Driver Theory Test
# Driver Theory Test

Motorist who got someone else to sit theory exam was caught after RSA staff recognised impersonator

Jan 6th 2020, 12:05 AM 55,155 Views 50 Comments

The candidate was one of nine people who aroused suspicion during driver theory tests last year.

# foi - Sunday 5 January, 2020

Fungus growth and odours from corpses: 2012 report outlined conditions at Waterford hospital to HSE
# Waterford
# Waterford

Fungus growth and odours from corpses: 2012 report outlined conditions at Waterford hospital to HSE

Jan 5th 2020, 9:30 PM 18,620 Views 18 Comments

The HSE approved €5.7 million in funding for a new mortuary earlier this year.

11 gardaí investigated for bullying following HR complaints in 2019
# Workplace Issues
# Workplace Issues

11 gardaí investigated for bullying following HR complaints in 2019

Jan 5th 2020, 8:45 AM 23,475 Views 13 Comments

Statistics on bullying and harassment in the force were released under FOI laws.

# foi - Friday 3 January, 2020

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries
# HIQA
# HIQA

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries

Jan 3rd 2020, 12:05 AM 47,124 Views 30 Comments

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

# foi - 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 50,609 Views 54 Comments

The PeakTime website was launched to try to reduce overcrowding on carriages during rush-hour.

'Second class citizens': Harris warned of the impact endometriosis is having on women's health
# Letters To Harris
# Letters To Harris

'Second class citizens': Harris warned of the impact endometriosis is having on women's health

Jan 2nd 2020, 12:05 AM 27,564 Views 21 Comments

More than a dozen women told Harris of the devastating impact the condition has had on their lives.

# foi - Sunday 29 December, 2019

Murder, rape and drug offences: Over 1,100 Irish citizens arrested by Met Police this year
# Arrests
# Arrests

Murder, rape and drug offences: Over 1,100 Irish citizens arrested by Met Police this year

Dec 29th 2019, 6:00 AM 12,949 Views 16 Comments

A total of 152 Irish people were arrested by Met Police for common assault.

# foi - Saturday 28 December, 2019

An ode to Lyric FM: Letters from the public ask RTÉ to protect their 'oasis of calm'
# Rte Cuts
# Rte Cuts

An ode to Lyric FM: Letters from the public ask RTÉ to protect their 'oasis of calm'

Dec 28th 2019, 7:00 AM 11,748 Views 14 Comments

“In our troubled world of Boris, Brexit, Trump and other forms of madness, Lyric is an oasis of culture, calm and beauty.”

Irish drivers had over 500,000 penalty points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
# Penalty Points
# Penalty Points

Irish drivers had over 500,000 penalty points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown

Dec 28th 2019, 12:05 AM 47,112 Views 91 Comments

The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 106,545.

# foi - Friday 27 December, 2019

Irish flags, vodka and a Che Guevara stamp: Gifts given and received by Varadkar and Coveney in 2019
# For You
# For You

Irish flags, vodka and a Che Guevara stamp: Gifts given and received by Varadkar and Coveney in 2019

Dec 27th 2019, 7:00 AM 10,438 Views 13 Comments

Books, hampers and historical gifts are often given to heads of state.