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# Maria Delaney

Last month
May 2024
Checking Privilege: How the European Parliament fails to reflect the diversity of the EU
Investigation by Noteworthy finds disabled people are significantly underrepresented, with little practical support given to improve participation.
Retire to the EU? Young MEPs are few and far between - and that's not likely to change soon
Just three of the 705 current MEPs are under 30, with the European Parliament historically being seen as ‘a retirement place’.
Investigation by Noteworthy and European partners finds the median age of outgoing MEPs is 54 years
Expert blames infrequent elections in Ireland for low amount of young politicians
European Youth Forum: Younger MEPs can boost youth participation in elections
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are young people with psychosis getting the help they need?
This year
2024
Over 100 women murdered in Ireland since 2012 - and a gap in data on gendered violence
New cross-European investigation with Noteworthy finds Ireland’s response to violence against women hindered by insufficient records.
Female rape victims in Ireland almost treble that of EU counterparts
Investigation by Noteworthy and European colleagues shows Ireland ranking among highest number of reported rapes in 2022.
Sexual assault victims increase almost year on year since 2012
Between 2021 and 2023 over 68,000 rape victims recorded across Europe
Advocates say Ireland has ‘large-scale problem’ in tackling female violence
'An utter waste': Controversial transport training centre given extra €1.5 million public money
The NTA ended up paying €3.5 million of the €7.8 million cost to develop a centre to train disabled people. The initial NTA grant was for up to €2 million.
Last year
2023
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are kids being locked out from jailed parents?
Swimming restrictions hit over half of all Irish bathing waters this summer
Sea swimming has never been more popular but risks of pollution are also rising.
Noteworthy analysed over 1,600 restrictions from the last decade and they almost tripled over that time
Restrictions include swimming bans and warnings of pollution risk
Expert: “More needs to be done to keep the water in our rivers, lakes and beaches clean”
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Will home births ever be the norm in Ireland?
'Maternal request' reason for over half elective C-sections in Holles Street last year
Growing number of unassisted births happening in Ireland, say birth experts
'Unheard, belittled and made feel small': Women still battling for maternity care choice
Rural home births may be restricted as HSE stands by 30-minute distance limit
Tide turning on water birth ban as Drogheda becomes third hospital to reinstate option
‘God power’: Concern over State examining parental fitness as part of IVF scheme
Cash for reforms: €700 billion EU recovery fund sparks concern and criticism
Slow rollout of eating disorder services 'destroying lives'
All time
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are migrant fishers exploited in Ireland?
Underpaid and overworked: The serious allegations by migrant fishers to the WRC
'We had to eat leftover meat and fish': Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry
Navy boardings find 10 fishing vessels almost fully crewed by migrant fishers
Irish justice system 'failing' migrant fishing workers who report exploitation
Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised
Wheelchair user facing homelessness condemns lack of Government support
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are religious property proceeds going to redress?
Religious orders involved in redress sold properties totalling €90 million since 2016
Over 60% acute hospitals operating at unsafe bed occupancy levels
Easy as ABC? Solving Ireland's lethal Acute Bed Capacity crisis
Alleged excessive data gathering by Department of Social Protection being examined
None of the 91 community teams for children with disabilities are fully staffed
Over half of children with disabilities not receiving any services, new survey reveals
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?
People waiting longer to access specialist eating disorder care
'Eating disorders don't just stop': Teenagers losing services on transition to adult care
Delays, distress, deterioration: Health system failing people with eating disorders
HSE reports 'surge' in referrals to adult eating disorder services
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?
HSE pays €800,000 over asking price for Sisters of Mercy convent
Irish boats landing five times recommended catch of fish important to ecosystem
Families still waiting for inquiry into use of drug that causes birth defects