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#Freedom of Information

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Friday 2 November, 2018

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

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

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 27 August, 2018

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 18 August, 2018

During the drought, some areas were losing half of their water supply because of leaks

While the country faced water restrictions, 50% of water was leaking in some Irish Water schemes.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 17 August, 2018

Dozens of 'non-existent' emails between former Minister for Justice and PR firm discovered

Communications to and from Terry Prone’s PR company were discovered following an FOI request by transparency group Right to Know.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 4 August, 2018

Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services

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

# freedom-of-information - Friday 6 July, 2018

Adoption scandal: Officials questioned whether telling those affected would 'do more harm than good' Exclusive

There may be more people than the 126 identified so far caught up in the St Patrick’s Guild adoption scandal.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC

New documents show the department was concerned with the fallout from Shane Ross bringing a stop to efforts to make a PSC mandatory when applying for a driver’s licence.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 28 May, 2018

Politicians made nearly 5,000 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of their constituents

Five TDs – including a minister – made over 100 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of individuals in the last two years.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 14 May, 2018

At least €2 million ploughed into PSC / driving licence project - before Shane Ross pulled the plug because it wasn't legal

The Road Safety Authority had scrambled to get its house in order for the PSC introduction, only for the initiative to be dropped suddenly and at the last minute in March of this year.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 6 May, 2018

US hospital tried to speak to the Children's Hospital Group before launch of abandoned Phoenix name Exclusive

Last month Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed the name Phoenix Children’s Health would not be used on foot of a threatened legal action from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 14 January, 2018

'Laughable', 'a joke', 'cynical', 'opportunistic' - Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis

The introduction of a universal subsidy for childcare in September saw many creches across the country raise their fees at the same time.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 28 December, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 27 December, 2017

Assault, theft and drunk and disorderly: 1,762 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year

Some 62 people were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, one was arrested for being drunk and in charge of a child under seven.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 25 December, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 24 December, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 23 December, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Friday 22 December, 2017

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

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

Gardaí working up to 100 hours a week for overtime payments of up to €68,500

Gardaí spent €107 million on overtime so far this year with one garda earning €68,641 in overtime alone.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 21 December, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 11 December, 2017

Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff

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

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Woman has request to see changes made to her own data refused as database 'is blanked every two weeks'

The woman had requested access to her own citizen’s data file under freedom of information.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 4 November, 2017

'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused

Both the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Road Safety Authority have walked into a blizzard of criticism over the expansion of the Public Services Card (PSC).

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 30 September, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 24 September, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

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

The money was spent over the last three years.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 26 August, 2017

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal Cystic Fibrosis This post contains videos

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 17 August, 2017

Garda overtime bill soars to €60.5 million for first six months of 2017

That means it has grown by 57% for January to June compared to the same period last year.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 31 July, 2017

€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election

199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 24 July, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 26 June, 2017

HSE misallocated latest request from sexual abuse survivor whose claims it lost for 3 years

The HSE’s dealings with ‘Mary’ has seen it issue her with a number of apologies since 2010.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 24 June, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being 'bullied' by hospitals

RTÉ’s This Week reported concerns around bullying of private health insurance holders.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 21 May, 2017

'Like he slept in his clothes for a week' - no punches pulled in Dáil dress code complaints

TheJournal.ie has gained access to all public complaints to the Ceann Comhairle regarding the standard of dress in Dáil Éireann.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 7 May, 2017

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

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 10 April, 2017

'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home Tuam This post contains videos

'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home

The Commission into Mother and Baby Homes wrote to Minister Katherine Zappone before the ‘very shocking’ news broke.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 9 April, 2017

Garda overtime rises massive 52% as pressure of battling Irish gangs takes its toll

Overtime increased by a huge extent last year with an additional €23.5 million paid out to the force’s 28 regional divisions.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 6 March, 2017

Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one year

The animals were never in danger or a threat to any visitors, a spokesperson said.

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