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# foi - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

'Pessimistic' alerts and Dublin bias among complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2018
# Kicking Up A Storm
# Kicking Up A Storm

'Pessimistic' alerts and Dublin bias among complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2018

Dec 26th 2018, 9:00 PM 61,471 Views 40 Comments

It was an eventful year for Irish forecasters – but the public weren’t always happy with their predictions.

Harassment and drink driving: 181 Irish people arrested by Greater Manchester Police this year
# FOI
# FOI

Harassment and drink driving: 181 Irish people arrested by Greater Manchester Police this year

Dec 26th 2018, 7:30 AM 14,665 Views 10 Comments

One Irish person was arrested for attempted murder over this period.

A book about golf for Trump and seeds for Christine Lagarde: The gifts Varadkar gave in 2018
# You're Too Kind
# You're Too Kind

A book about golf for Trump and seeds for Christine Lagarde: The gifts Varadkar gave in 2018

Dec 26th 2018, 7:00 AM 12,608 Views 12 Comments

Bodhráns, jerseys and crystal bowls were also handed out.

# foi - Monday 24 December, 2018

Murder, assault and drug offences: Over 1,200 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year
# FOI
# FOI

Murder, assault and drug offences: Over 1,200 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year

Dec 24th 2018, 12:05 AM 21,807 Views 52 Comments

A total of 145 Irish people were arrested by Met Police for common assault.

# foi - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Dublin City Council made almost €100,000 from impounding hundreds of cars this year
# Clamped
# Clamped

Dublin City Council made almost €100,000 from impounding hundreds of cars this year

Dec 22nd 2018, 10:00 PM 17,682 Views 38 Comments

More than 800 cars were impounded by the council during the first nine months of the year.

# foi - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Minister briefed on potential for 400% increase in carbon tax rate by 2030
# Fuel Costs
# Fuel Costs

Minister briefed on potential for 400% increase in carbon tax rate by 2030

Dec 19th 2018, 6:15 AM 11,172 Views 47 Comments

In the end, Paschal Donohoe did not touch the carbon tax rate in Budget 2019.

# foi - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Staff at Garda press office split €115,000 in overtime during first year of Disclosures Tribunal
# Garda Overtime
# Garda Overtime

Staff at Garda press office split €115,000 in overtime during first year of Disclosures Tribunal

Nov 6th 2018, 12:05 AM 22,810 Views 25 Comments

New figures show the cost of overtime at the office rose by 653% in 2017.

# foi - Friday 2 November, 2018

Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights
# World Meeting Of Families
# World Meeting Of Families

Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights

Nov 2nd 2018, 12:05 AM 30,028 Views 84 Comments

An email released under the Freedom of Information Act shows how Zappone had ‘very serious’ concerns ahead of the visit.

# foi - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

'Moronic', 'odious', 'vile': How public expressed anger at Tánaiste's claim that Donald Trump is not racist
# FOI
# FOI

'Moronic', 'odious', 'vile': How public expressed anger at Tánaiste's claim that Donald Trump is not racist

Oct 31st 2018, 12:05 AM 45,602 Views 88 Comments

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show how the public reacted to a now-postponed visit by Trump to Ireland.

# foi - Saturday 13 October, 2018

Homeless accommodation: Staff complaints detail racial abuse, drug use, threatening behaviour
# Complaints
# Complaints

Homeless accommodation: Staff complaints detail racial abuse, drug use, threatening behaviour

Oct 13th 2018, 12:05 AM 23,739 Views 44 Comments

New documents reveal complaints by staff in emergency accommodation to the homeless providers in Dublin.

# foi - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Contractor was asked to install papal road markings in Dublin for free over concerns about cost
# Papal Visit
# Papal Visit

Contractor was asked to install papal road markings in Dublin for free over concerns about cost

Oct 6th 2018, 6:30 AM 43,624 Views 29 Comments

The markings were located at the Capuchin Day Centre and read: “Welcome Pope Francis” and “Fáilte a Phapa Prionsias”.

# foi - Monday 27 August, 2018

Bed bugs, used needles and rat droppings - life inside homeless accommodation
# Homeless
# Homeless

Bed bugs, used needles and rat droppings - life inside homeless accommodation

Aug 27th 2018, 12:05 AM 13,765 Views 33 Comments

New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.

# foi - Saturday 4 August, 2018

Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services
# Health Watchdog
# Health Watchdog

Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services

Aug 4th 2018, 12:05 AM 19,909 Views 18 Comments

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

# foi - Monday 23 July, 2018

76 hospital discharges of newborns with drug withdrawal symptoms last year
# Drug Addiction
# Drug Addiction

76 hospital discharges of newborns with drug withdrawal symptoms last year

Jul 23rd 2018, 12:05 AM 17,752 Views 24 Comments

The figure of 76 represents a drop in the comparable figure for 2016, when there were a total of 92 discharges.

# foi - Saturday 7 July, 2018

Dozens of firms were threatened with legal action for failing to pay their Dublin Town bills
# Dublin
# Dublin

Dozens of firms were threatened with legal action for failing to pay their Dublin Town bills

Jul 7th 2018, 4:00 PM 14,740 Views 10 Comments

The city-improvement group says 95% of businesses comply with its mandatory levy.

# foi - Friday 30 March, 2018

Hotel was paid up to €5m to accommodate homeless people last year
# Dublin
# Dublin

Hotel was paid up to €5m to accommodate homeless people last year

Mar 30th 2018, 5:47 PM 41,729 Views 67 Comments

New figures show that another hotel received between €2 million and €3 million.

# foi - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink
# Mice
# Mice

Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink

Mar 13th 2018, 7:53 PM 29,293 Views 18 Comments

Pest control companies attended the hospital more than 120 times last year.

# foi - Sunday 31 December, 2017

'It seems a bit like a trap to me': Drivers frustrated over lack of signs after being clamped
# Not Happy
# Not Happy

'It seems a bit like a trap to me': Drivers frustrated over lack of signs after being clamped

Dec 31st 2017, 6:00 AM 30,019 Views 22 Comments

One driver who was refunded the clamping fee said a garda told them it was ‘immoral’ as there was not sufficient markings.

# foi - Thursday 28 December, 2017

'It's a TRACKING app, where did those four minutes go?': Complaints made about Dublin Bus
# Public Transport
# Public Transport

'It's a TRACKING app, where did those four minutes go?': Complaints made about Dublin Bus

Dec 28th 2017, 12:00 PM 42,127 Views 53 Comments

Some people took issue with proposed changes to public transport in the capital, while others complained about alleged dangerous driving.

County breakdown of 582,738 penalty points on driving licences
# Irish Roads
# Irish Roads

County breakdown of 582,738 penalty points on driving licences

Dec 28th 2017, 6:00 AM 19,360 Views 18 Comments

The majority of drivers had three penalty points (400,502), while 59,404 had six points and 42,700 had two.

# foi - Monday 25 December, 2017

Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach
# Autograph Requests
# Autograph Requests

Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach

Dec 25th 2017, 2:00 PM 16,432 Views 41 Comments

People wanted to talk to Varadkar about the Pride Parade, the Eighth Amendment and the cost of rent.

# foi - Sunday 24 December, 2017

'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down
# The Long Goodbye
# The Long Goodbye

'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down

Dec 24th 2017, 9:30 PM 18,573 Views 61 Comments

Although one critic wrote: “Thank God you’re finally off … back to the bog you came from.”

'Surely to God Trump won't break up families': Letters reveal fears of undocumented Irish in the US
# FOI
# FOI

'Surely to God Trump won't break up families': Letters reveal fears of undocumented Irish in the US

Dec 24th 2017, 7:30 AM 13,630 Views 49 Comments

Others were less supportive of the undocumented with one man asking for them to be described as illegal rather than ‘undocumented’.

# foi - Saturday 23 December, 2017

Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year
# You're Too Kind
# You're Too Kind

Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year

Dec 23rd 2017, 7:30 AM 24,986 Views 23 Comments

Justin Trudeau got socks from Leo Varadkar (of course), among other presents.

# foi - Friday 22 December, 2017

'The minister is talking about the Man United game instead of the rail strike'
# Complaints
# Complaints

'The minister is talking about the Man United game instead of the rail strike'

Dec 22nd 2017, 7:00 PM 16,021 Views 27 Comments

Industrial action by Irish Rail workers affected many commuters in November.

# foi - Thursday 21 December, 2017

'When are you going to bring in the army to drive the buses?': Complaints made during Bus Éireann strike
# Dear Minister
# Dear Minister

'When are you going to bring in the army to drive the buses?': Complaints made during Bus Éireann strike

Dec 21st 2017, 6:00 AM 11,976 Views 25 Comments

Commuters were affected by three weeks of industrial action earlier this year.

# foi - Wednesday 13 December, 2017

Parking complaints: Driver refunded after claiming clampers took photo of wrong street sign
# Clamping Down
# Clamping Down

Parking complaints: Driver refunded after claiming clampers took photo of wrong street sign

Dec 13th 2017, 6:05 AM 39,283 Views 41 Comments

Another driver said that the wrong car was de-clamped after they paid the de-clamp fee.

# foi - Monday 11 December, 2017

Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff
# UNSOLICITED Information
# UNSOLICITED Information

Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff

Dec 11th 2017, 12:05 AM 27,790 Views 30 Comments

The concerns are all raised in documents released by Hiqa (the Health and Quality Authority) to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

# foi - Monday 2 October, 2017

'Journalists should expect the truth - the Dept of Public Expenditure has crossed a line'
# Column
# Column

'Journalists should expect the truth - the Dept of Public Expenditure has crossed a line'

Oct 2nd 2017, 3:45 PM 19,230 Views 38 Comments

Journalists are used to government departments stone-walling them but it’s rare for a department to lie, writes Ken Foxe.

# foi - Saturday 30 September, 2017

Nama employee: 'The request is from Mick Wallace so trying to close off angles of attack in advance'
# ACCESS DENIED
# ACCESS DENIED

Nama employee: 'The request is from Mick Wallace so trying to close off angles of attack in advance'

Sep 30th 2017, 12:05 AM 29,323 Views 66 Comments

Wallace has hit out at Nama for its lack of transparency and said the Freedom of Information Act has serious problems.

# foi - Sunday 24 September, 2017

Behaviour of staff top reason for complaints about maternity services at Portlaoise
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Behaviour of staff top reason for complaints about maternity services at Portlaoise

Sep 24th 2017, 6:05 AM 22,002 Views 38 Comments

Half of the complaints were about staff behaviour and three were about the care received.

# foi - Saturday 16 September, 2017

166 vacant buildings held by HSE as government plans to penalise those who own empty homes
# Housing
# Housing

166 vacant buildings held by HSE as government plans to penalise those who own empty homes

Sep 16th 2017, 12:05 AM 20,564 Views 43 Comments

The Department of Housing says it doesn’t hold information on properties owned by other government bodies.

# foi - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

HSE spent almost €300k burying people who were homeless or had no known family
# Next Of Kin
# Next Of Kin

HSE spent almost €300k burying people who were homeless or had no known family

Sep 5th 2017, 6:00 AM 10,767 Views 29 Comments

The money was spent over the last three years.

# foi - Saturday 26 August, 2017

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal
# Cystic Fibrosis
# Cystic Fibrosis

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal

Aug 26th 2017, 12:05 AM 12,506 Views 11 Comments

HSE and Vertex employees were working long hours behind the scenes to secure the historic agreement.

# foi - Sunday 6 August, 2017

'Goodwill' refunds issued after complaints over 'unfair' clamping
# Revealed
# Revealed

'Goodwill' refunds issued after complaints over 'unfair' clamping

Aug 6th 2017, 12:05 AM 39,201 Views 80 Comments

These are just some of the recurring complaints that Dublin City Council receive about clamping.

# foi - Monday 24 July, 2017

Cockroaches, mould and chronic drug abuse in front of children - life in homeless accommodation
# Emergency Accommodation
# Emergency Accommodation

Cockroaches, mould and chronic drug abuse in front of children - life in homeless accommodation

Jul 24th 2017, 12:05 AM 13,474 Views 31 Comments

New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.

# foi - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign
# Cheat Us All
# Cheat Us All

Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign

Jun 24th 2017, 12:05 AM 26,312 Views 79 Comments

Newly-released FOI documents show that the Department had considered changing the title to something less forceful.

# foi - Monday 29 May, 2017

In 2014, a quarter of all sick days at the National Museum were stress-related
# Bullying Allegations
# Bullying Allegations

In 2014, a quarter of all sick days at the National Museum were stress-related

May 29th 2017, 12:05 AM 25,110 Views 32 Comments

The National Museum of Ireland has been accused of harbouring a culture of bullying and intimidation.

# foi - Wednesday 24 May, 2017

'It is just reckless': US army lost track of $1bn worth of arms and military equipment in Middle East
# LOST IN TRANSIT
# LOST IN TRANSIT

'It is just reckless': US army lost track of $1bn worth of arms and military equipment in Middle East

May 24th 2017, 10:57 AM 19,733 Views 43 Comments

An audit received by Amnesty International found failings in how equipment was logged and monitored.

# foi - Sunday 7 May, 2017

'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi
# Cystic Fibrosis
# Cystic Fibrosis

'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi

May 7th 2017, 6:45 AM 11,893 Views 5 Comments

A deal on the cystic fibrosis drug was finally reached last month.