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# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 23 March, 2022

'Butchered and mutilated': How the government was alerted to out-of-season hedge-cutting last year
# Wildlife Act
# Wildlife Act

'Butchered and mutilated': How the government was alerted to out-of-season hedge-cutting last year

Mar 23rd 2022, 12:05 AM 48,186 Views 20 Comments
  • Activities of farmers, commercial tree-fellers and a GAA club were among the complaints submitted to the Government.
  • Hedge-cutting and burning is banned every year between 1 March and 31 August under the Wildlife Act.
  • Law aims to protect and maintain wildlife diversity by establishing areas where wildlife can thrive in spring and summer months.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 4 January, 2022

Nursing home complaints: 'Window visits not being permitted' and other Covid concerns
# Nursing Homes
# Nursing Homes

Nursing home complaints: 'Window visits not being permitted' and other Covid concerns

Jan 4th 2022, 12:05 AM 31,118 Views 11 Comments
  • The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Dozens of complaints were made throughout the year regarding issues surrounding Covid-19.
  • Other complaints were made over issues such as abuse allegations, building standards and staffing issues.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 6 November, 2021

HSE warned at start of pandemic that it 'may not receive' quantities of PPE it had paid for
# Audit
# Audit

HSE warned at start of pandemic that it 'may not receive' quantities of PPE it had paid for

Nov 6th 2021, 12:05 AM 26,472 Views 16 Comments

The HSE was given the warning by auditors in June last year.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 3 November, 2021

Average occupancy of Citywest isolation facility was 13.8% during first six months of pandemic
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Average occupancy of Citywest isolation facility was 13.8% during first six months of pandemic

Nov 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 23,678 Views 16 Comments

The facility opened to ease pressure on the health service in March 2020.

# freedom-of-information - 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

Oct 20th 2021, 12:30 PM 4,709 Views 0 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 16,854 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.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 3 September, 2021

Sinn Féin calls for all documents related to Zappone appointment to be published
# Simon SMS
# Simon SMS

Sinn Féin calls for all documents related to Zappone appointment to be published

Sep 3rd 2021, 3:56 PM 10,691 Views 84 Comments

TD Matt Carthy said the Department of Foreign Affairs should also clarify if any other relevant documents have been erased.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 2 September, 2021

Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy
# Merrion
# Merrion

Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy

Updated Sep 2nd 2021, 5:28 PM 42,524 Views 116 Comments

The fallout from the Zappone controversy continues.

# freedom-of-information - 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 11,718 Views 0 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 11,024 Views 8 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 22 April, 2021

Noteworthy investigations expose environmental issues and analyse far-right activity
# Busy Investigating
# Busy Investigating

Noteworthy investigations expose environmental issues and analyse far-right activity

Apr 22nd 2021, 12:30 PM 6,178 Views 9 Comments

The investigative platform completed five projects so far this year, thanks to your contributions.

# freedom-of-information - 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 13,465 Views 16 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 14 February, 2021

Debunked: No, an FOI request did not show that RTÉ 'took orders' from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, an FOI request did not show that RTÉ 'took orders' from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Feb 14th 2021, 7:30 AM 35,594 Views 0 Comments

A post on Facebook suggests that the broadcaster received money from a number of international groups.

# freedom-of-information - 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 59,850 Views 37 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 101,814 Views 52 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 30,368 Views 25 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist

Dec 29th 2020, 5:52 PM 47,157 Views 0 Comments

The claim originated in a series of posts by Anti-Corruption Ireland last week.

# freedom-of-information - 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 40,116 Views 31 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 70,831 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 66,407 Views 82 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 25,897 Views 33 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 23,223 Views 3 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 50,860 Views 168 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 52,346 Views 37 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 14,688 Views 9 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 16,386 Views 18 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 16,191 Views 11 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 6,579 Views 6 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 17,959 Views 25 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 88,634 Views 41 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 27,401 Views 73 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 2 March, 2020

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 98,046 Views 0 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 22 February, 2020

It cost almost €70,000 to police the three winter tractor protests
# Tractor Friction
# Tractor Friction

It cost almost €70,000 to police the three winter tractor protests

Feb 22nd 2020, 6:30 AM 13,583 Views 50 Comments

Over half of that was spent on barriers to block tractors from gaining access to Kildare Street, where Leinster House is located.

# freedom-of-information - 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 48,987 Views 31 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 42,451 Views 67 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 33,064 Views 55 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 89,573 Views 82 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - 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 13,578 Views 21 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 11 February, 2020

Justice Department tried to soothe 'nonsense' RIC commemoration concerns
# Department Of Justice
# Department Of Justice

Justice Department tried to soothe 'nonsense' RIC commemoration concerns

Feb 11th 2020, 6:00 AM 19,539 Views 10 Comments

Internal records show how controversy started to build from 2 January – three days before the Clare mayor announced his boycott.

# freedom-of-information - 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 18,378 Views 19 Comments

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

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