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#midnight must read

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 5 December, 2019

20 to 30 new schools to be built across country as government issues contract worth €700 million

A number of new school buildings in Dublin are included among the initial plans.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 29 November, 2019

The Oireachtas awarded another contract for printing worth €2 million this month

The amount spent by the Oireachtas on the controversial printing press is under the scrutiny of the Public Accounts Committee.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Power failures and overheating cause long-term outages at Ireland's 'most important' weather radar

The Shannon Airport Rainfall Radar has been taken offline a number of times this year.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

'I'm sick of being railroaded': Angry scenes as locals meet to oppose State's largest homeless hostel

Avalon House in Dublin 2 is set to become a 150-bed homeless hostel in January.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Extinction Rebellion: Parks chief was worried removal of Merrion Square camp would look 'aggressive'

The camp was set up by protesters during a week of demonstrations last month.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 23 November, 2019

Irish Water website crashed after boil water notice when just 5,000 people tried to log on

Irish Water said its site had “previously handled this volume of traffic during heavy public awareness campaigns”.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Gardaí identify victim of Lucan murder as suspected Kinahan hitman Wayne Whelan

The man survived an attempt on his life earlier this year.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Taoiseach's newspapers and embassy catering: hundreds of State contracts awarded outside official guidelines

Millions has been spent on services procured on almost 350 occasions over a three-year period.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 10 November, 2019

Pulling mandatory PSC for passports had 'whole of government repercussions', civil servants warned

New documents have shown how the Passport Office considered its options before pulling the PSC as a mandatory requirement.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 8 November, 2019

If everyone with a TV paid their licence fee in 2018, RTÉ would have an extra €32 million

As RTÉ restructures its organisation with staff cuts and asset sales, there’s a new focus on Ireland’s high TV licence evasion rates.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Number of cocaine treatment cases doubles in one year with economic recovery deemed as key factor

Cocaine is third on the list of most common drugs on the treatment list, but moving closer to cannabis.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 4 November, 2019

UK government to consult with churches over North's abortion law

Activists have warned the UK government that it has a legal obligation to limit the scope of conscientious objection.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 3 November, 2019

Anti-LGBT preacher banned from Ireland over 'abusive' views which were 'likely to stir up hatred'

Steven Anderson was the first person to be issued with an exclusion order preventing him from entering Ireland.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 29 October, 2019

Anti-smoking policy at two Dublin maternity hospitals being flouted by patients and visitors

In 2013, the Coombe, the Rotunda and the National Maternity Hospital became tobacco-free campuses.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 28 October, 2019

Civil servants plotting mobile phone 'facial recognition' to boost sign-ups for controversial MyGovId platform PSC

Civil servants plotting mobile phone 'facial recognition' to boost sign-ups for controversial MyGovId platform

You need a PSC to get a MyGovId, and senior civil servants have looking at expanding the services available on it.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 26 October, 2019

Explainer: Here's what the revised BusConnects plan would mean for your bus route

The routes have been revised after the initial public consultation. Here’s what they look like.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

FactCheck: Nuala O'Loan corrects claim made on Morning Ireland that 90% of abortions a result of morning after pill

The former NI Police Ombudsman made the comments in a Morning Ireland interview yesterday.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Why can't same-sex couples in Northern Ireland get married until next year?

The first ceremonies could take place on the week of Valentine’s Day 2020.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 20 October, 2019

Government officials clashed over roles on regulating children's access to porn after Ana Kriegel trial

Two departments claimed they weren’t responsible for monitoring the issue.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 17 October, 2019

'It confirms our worst fears about privatisation': Half of Go-Ahead bus routes fail to meet punctuality targets

The British-owned firm began operating 24 routes in Ireland in September 2018.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 14 October, 2019

RTÉ accused of neglecting child safety in war of words with Tusla ahead of Hyde and Seek exposé

The RTÉ documentary about the Hyde and Seek chain was broadcast on 24 July.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 13 October, 2019

Ireland is losing 43% of its drinking water in leaks - and has just gotten the data to start fixing the problem

One of the biggest problems with leaks is where to find them – a trained ear to hear a leak is still a commonly used method.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 11 October, 2019

The consumer cost of a no-deal Brexit: Grocery prices at risk of rising

A no-deal scenario would also cost Ireland 73,000 jobs over the next two years, according to analysts’ predictions.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 10 October, 2019

Parents left in limbo after Tusla closes unregistered aftercare facility in south Dublin

Dimples Creche in Sandyford has been forced to close its after-care from tomorrow.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 4 October, 2019

'Our aim is to get people arrested': Climate activists gear up for week-long protest on streets of Dublin

Protesters are planning to block roads and cause disruption around the capital next week.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 2 October, 2019

Explainer: Another day, another set of backstop proposals - but what do they mean?

Boris Johnson said the UK’s proposals were “good and creative”, “very constructive and far-reaching”.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 22 September, 2019

Civil servants were told to look at replacing the Medical Card with the Public Services Card Exclusive

As recently as June this year, the government was exploring this as a possibility.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Criminal sanctions possible if government ignores watchdog’s orders on Public Services Card PSC

Criminal sanctions possible if government ignores watchdog’s orders on Public Services Card

The long-awaited report into the card was published yesterday evening.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 15 September, 2019

Fine Gael minister awards highest level of money from government rural funding scheme to own constituency

Mayo received over 10% of the total money awarded as part of the Clár funding scheme since 2016.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 13 September, 2019

Palestinian politician to pursue defamation case against Facebook in Irish High Court

Mohammed Dahlan’s lawyers have moved their focus from England to Ireland.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

Court case begins on whether the North's citizens can self-identify as Irish

Emma DeSouza has won three court cases against the UK’s Home Office, which has argued that she is a British citizen.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 8 September, 2019

'It's about freedom of expression': Inside the battle between planners and Irish street artists

Many have expressed frustration at the use of planning laws to remove street murals in recent weeks.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 7 September, 2019

Historic Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope visit finally set to be restored OPW

Historic Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope visit finally set to be restored

The gates were taken down in August 2018 ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 6 September, 2019

'This has gone on for too long': Gardaí and Dublin City Council in dispute over policing of Google protests

Internal correspondence shows how gardaí and DCC disagreed over the management of the protests.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 5 September, 2019

Why is the government set for a showdown in court over the findings of the PSC report?

The government has said this week it will not be implementing the findings of the Data Protection Commissioner.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 1 September, 2019

Topless teens, sexual harassment and aerosol flamethrowers: Dart users' complaints to Irish Rail

A new text alert system for complaining about anti-social behaviour on the service was launched this month.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 28 August, 2019

'We aren't considered important': Wheelchair users dismayed over continued lift breakdowns on train line

‘If people were treated the same way because of their skin colour or religion, the country would shut down.’

# midnight-must-read - Monday 26 August, 2019

PSC training manuals for civil servants: Facial image matching, 'voice biometrics' and identity tokens

Facial recognition is highlighted a number of times across the circulars issued to civil servants on the PSC.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 24 August, 2019

'This is f***ing insane': OPW staff emails show tensions over decision to ban visitor books from sites

The books were banned from sites such as Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol over data privacy concerns.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 23 August, 2019

Nearly 100 State buildings managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country

Just over two-thirds of the buildings are former garda stations that were shut as part of a policing plan in 2012 and 2013.

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