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# the-morning-lead - Saturday 20 November, 2021

Ireland exporting 11 times more peat than it imports - amid horticulture supply fears
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Ireland exporting 11 times more peat than it imports - amid horticulture supply fears

Nov 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 45,437 Views 20 Comments
  • 500,000 tonnes of peat products exported so far this year amid supply concerns for domestic horticulture market, writes Niall Sargent as part of new Noteworthy investigation
  • Global trade reports show Irish peat exported to mushroom industry as recently as this month
  • State confirms exports did not fall under remit of working group examining peat use in horticulture

# the-morning-lead - Monday 15 November, 2021

ICTU: Scrap 'inadequate' unemployment welfare system and link payments to past earnings
# Jobseeker's Benefit
# Jobseeker's Benefit

ICTU: Scrap 'inadequate' unemployment welfare system and link payments to past earnings

Nov 15th 2021, 12:05 AM 32,091 Views 22 Comments
  • ICTU general secretary says higher PUP rate highlight paltry nature of Jobseeker's Benefit, Ian Curran writes.
  • Calls to move to European-style system, where welfare benefits are based on a percentage of past earnings.
  • Irish flat-rate system dates back to period before independence.

# the-morning-lead - Monday 1 November, 2021

'Concertina effect': Supply chain and shipping disruption could last 'the entirety of 2022'
# Driver Shortage
# Driver Shortage

'Concertina effect': Supply chain and shipping disruption could last 'the entirety of 2022'

Nov 1st 2021, 12:05 AM 33,467 Views 23 Comments
  • Major congestion at European feeder ports serving Ireland continues to delay the flow of goods to and from Irish ports.
  • Once goods arrive in Ireland, a shortage of truck drivers is causing delays to final deliveries.
  • Businesses are being urged to afford struggling hauliers and drivers respect ahead of what could be a challenging Christmas.

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 30 October, 2021

Young people have little faith in the government on climate, poll finds
# Survey Says
# Survey Says

Young people have little faith in the government on climate, poll finds

Oct 30th 2021, 12:05 AM 9,131 Views 39 Comments
  • Only one-third of people in Ireland - and just 11% of young adults - think the government is doing enough on climate, Lauren Boland reports.
  • Polling by Ireland Thinks has delved into the country's views on climate policies, actions, and where responsibility for creating change lies.
  • Green Party voters are overwhelmingly unsatisfied - 95% said the government, which their party is in, is not doing enough on climate.

# the-morning-lead - Tuesday 26 October, 2021

'An ongoing risk': Hep A outbreak at council site left five Traveller children hospitalised
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

'An ongoing risk': Hep A outbreak at council site left five Traveller children hospitalised

Oct 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 36,812 Views 0 Comments
  • Noteworthy and The Journal investigate lack of action on Traveller-specific accommodation across Ireland
  • Reporter Cormac Fitzgerald reveals hepatitis A outbreak likely caused by unsanitary conditions at site
  • Children speak about living in overcrowded trailers, waking up freezing and having no green space to play

# the-morning-lead - Friday 22 October, 2021

'Revolving door': Traveller women imprisoned for minor offences such as driving without tax
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

'Revolving door': Traveller women imprisoned for minor offences such as driving without tax

Oct 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 48,154 Views 0 Comments
  • Noteworthy and The Journal examine the impact of the justice system on Travellers, with a focus on children
  • Reporters Michelle Hennessy and Maria Delaney found young Travellers detainee numbers jumped last year
  • Children who spoke to the investigation team said they felt fear and anxiety around interactions with gardaí

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 21 October, 2021

How Irish Rail is fighting an ‘alarming increase in erosion’ near vulnerable railway lines
# Is The Coast Clear?
# Is The Coast Clear?

How Irish Rail is fighting an ‘alarming increase in erosion’ near vulnerable railway lines

Oct 21st 2021, 12:05 AM 33,266 Views 18 Comments
  • Projects to safeguard Irish railways from climate change long-term are at early stages, Lauren Boland reports.
  • Coastal erosion on the south-east line and flooding in Ballycar have been exacerbated by climate change.
  • However, it could be up to 10 years before the measures are fully implemented.

# the-morning-lead - Monday 18 October, 2021

Facebook flags Irish gas suppliers for running carbon footprint ads without disclaimers
# Carbon Footprint
# Carbon Footprint

Facebook flags Irish gas suppliers for running carbon footprint ads without disclaimers

Oct 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 17,296 Views 17 Comments
  • Facebook has flagged advertisements from three Irish gas suppliers for not including a particular disclaimer, Lauren Boland reports.
  • Energia, Electric Ireland and Calor Ireland have run ads that encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint by becoming a customer.
  • Climate campaigners are calling for an EU-wide ban on fossil fuel advertising, which an Irish MEP says they would support.

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 16 October, 2021

'Good reasons for concern': Young face worrying circumstances despite Budget's 'youthful tinge'
# Young Adults
# Young Adults

'Good reasons for concern': Young face worrying circumstances despite Budget's 'youthful tinge'

Oct 16th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,582 Views 15 Comments
  • The pandemic has compounded long-standing issues around accommodation costs, low pay and job precarity, Ian Curran writes.
  • Workers in their 20s are now spending more on rent and earning less in real terms than their parents did.
  • Some of these issues are "particularly troublesome" for women, economists say,

# the-morning-lead - Monday 11 October, 2021

Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children

Oct 11th 2021, 12:01 AM 18,168 Views 0 Comments
  • In its latest in-depth investigation, Noteworthy delves into the uphill battle facing Traveller children and reveals a lack of targeted health actions
  • Reporters Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy examine numerous obstacles to children's health
  • The Traveller Health Action Plan to be published 'soon' but advocates frustrated it has taken over a decade

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 7 October, 2021

Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature

Oct 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 24,930 Views 42 Comments
  • The EU's multi-billion euro farm subsidy model is driving up emissions & hitting nature hard, writes Niall Sargent and Ella McSweeney in new Noteworthy investigation
  • Irish farmers are being financially penalised for maintaining biodiversity hotspots
  • €100 billion of farm subsidies for climate action have had little impact on emissions, EU audit finds

# the-morning-lead - Tuesday 5 October, 2021

Nightclubs seeking guarantee they'll be at 100% capacity for the big reopening
# 22 October
# 22 October

Nightclubs seeking guarantee they'll be at 100% capacity for the big reopening

Oct 5th 2021, 12:02 AM 47,742 Views 19 Comments
  • The October bank holiday weekend is set to see nightclubs reopen for the first time in 19 months.
  • Last week, a pilot event had a 60% capacity crowd but restrictions are set to lift in two weeks.
  • Promoters have said now is the time for the government to confirm that this will happen.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 26 September, 2021

Supply and demand: What's behind the surge in Irish and European energy prices this year?
# Energy Crisis
# Energy Crisis

Supply and demand: What's behind the surge in Irish and European energy prices this year?

Sep 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 32,799 Views 45 Comments
  • Demand for gas and electricity has surged this year as economies reopened and businesses ramped back up.
  • European benchmark gas prices have tripled as a result.
  • The problems have been exacerbated in Ireland by the temporary closure of two gas-fired power stations.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 19 September, 2021

'Perfect storm': Supply chain woes to continue as shoppers told to batten down hatches into 2022
# Shipping Crunch
# Shipping Crunch

'Perfect storm': Supply chain woes to continue as shoppers told to batten down hatches into 2022

Sep 19th 2021, 12:05 AM 96,615 Views 39 Comments
  • Irish bathroom and furniture businesses have been hit hard by the global transport crisis, a new report highlights.
  • Blockages at European ports like Antwerp and Rotterdam have particularly hurt Irish firms.
  • Disruption and elevated shipping costs are expected to last until at least the second quarter of 2022.

# the-morning-lead - Friday 17 September, 2021

Over €480 million spent on Covid-19 tests provided free of charge since start of pandemic
# Put To Test
# Put To Test

Over €480 million spent on Covid-19 tests provided free of charge since start of pandemic

Sep 17th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,986 Views 30 Comments
  • €217 million has been spent on providing free PCR tests this year up to August, Lauren Boland reports.
  • The HSE has purchased two million “I got my Covid-19 vaccine” badges and spent €8,800 on photo backdrops.
  • It is "very pleased" with the number of people sharing photos online after they receive a vaccine.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 12 September, 2021

Christmas shoppers advised to buy early this year with supply bottlenecks likely to linger
# Supply Chain Chaos
# Supply Chain Chaos

Christmas shoppers advised to buy early this year with supply bottlenecks likely to linger

Sep 12th 2021, 12:05 AM 101,846 Views 57 Comments
  • Smyths Toys has said Christmas shoppers should start early this year because of "global supply issues.
  • Ikea Ireland said this week that up to 10% of its product lines are unavailable.
  • Experts say the effects of the global transport crisis could linger for another 12 months.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 5 September, 2021

'Patent ambiguity': WhatsApp's record €225 million fine underlines grave transparency issues
# A Fine Mess
# A Fine Mess

'Patent ambiguity': WhatsApp's record €225 million fine underlines grave transparency issues

Sep 5th 2021, 12:05 AM 21,163 Views 19 Comments
  • Some of the information provided by WhatsApp to users was described as "unnecessarily ambiguous" and "ill-defined".
  • Non-users of WhatsApp were given no information about why the company was processing their mobile phone numbers.
  • Engaging with WhatsApp's Privacy Policy during the inquiry was described as a "needlessly frustrating exercise".

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 28 August, 2021

'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis
# Joining The Dots
# Joining The Dots

'I have no idea who will mind my children': Readers' stories of Ireland's childcare crisis

Aug 28th 2021, 12:05 AM 72,568 Views 47 Comments
  • Every year, tens of thousands of parents around the country seek out childcare, but many say it has become an increasingly difficult search.
  • We asked readers to share their experiences and struggles with childcare in Ireland.
  • Here are their stories, collected by Lauren Boland.

# the-morning-lead - Friday 27 August, 2021

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it

Aug 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 23,636 Views 40 Comments
  • A host of iconic Irish species and habitats are under threat, writes Niall Sargent in first part of Noteworthy's investigation into biodiversity loss
  • Virtually none of our protected nature areas have management plans
  • An expert forum has labelled the State as the “biggest transgressor of environmental law in Ireland”

# the-morning-lead - Friday 20 August, 2021

'Be brave, not ashamed': What the Syrian experience in Ireland can tell us about Afghan resettlement
# Refugees In Ireland
# Refugees In Ireland

'Be brave, not ashamed': What the Syrian experience in Ireland can tell us about Afghan resettlement

Aug 20th 2021, 12:02 AM 24,503 Views 93 Comments
  • Ireland has committed to accepting 200 Afghan refugees but the government expects "a lot more" will ultimately be granted protection.
  • Human rights and migrant organisations have called for Ireland to resettle a minimum of 1,000.
  • The community sponsorship model is one way Ireland could be more proactive, Rónán Duffy takes a look at what it is.

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 14 August, 2021

'A new set of solutions': What measures can Ireland take to limit global warming this century?
# Warmed Up
# Warmed Up

'A new set of solutions': What measures can Ireland take to limit global warming this century?

Aug 14th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,253 Views 97 Comments
  • Governments, industries and households all have a role in achieving climate goals, Lauren Boland reports.
  • A major new UN report this week found lowering emissions is the key to stop temperatures rising.
  • "Use your vote. Vote with your wallet. Use your influence," one expert says.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 8 August, 2021

Why events like 'Merrion Gate' can lead to reduced public compliance with Covid rules
# Controversy
# Controversy

Why events like 'Merrion Gate' can lead to reduced public compliance with Covid rules

Aug 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 34,460 Views 85 Comments
  • After Golfgate, experts noticed a slight decrease in how much people believed others were complying.
  • Orla Dwyer reports that researchers will be keeping an eye to see if a similar effect happens in the wake of Merrion Gate.
  • Perceptions of how other people behave is "strongly related" to our own Covid behaviours, according to the ESRI's Dr Shane Timmons.

# the-morning-lead - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Number of security officers on Luas temporarily increases by 30% after report on women’s safety
# Safety
# Safety

Number of security officers on Luas temporarily increases by 30% after report on women’s safety

Jul 28th 2021, 12:05 AM 39,124 Views 23 Comments
  • The number of Luas security officers has increased by 30% after a report found that women have serious safety concerns on public transport, Lauren Boland reports.
  • Activists say better infrastructure, like lighting at bus stops, and including women in planning are crucial to making public transport safer.
  • Negative experiences have a "lasting effect" on women's transport choices, according to Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

# the-morning-lead - Monday 19 July, 2021

Leaving on a jet plane? Here's what you need to know about the return of international travel
# Holibops
# Holibops

Leaving on a jet plane? Here's what you need to know about the return of international travel

Jul 19th 2021, 12:02 AM 83,427 Views 44 Comments
  • Rónán Duffy outlines what to expect if you're thinking of taking a trip this summer
  • The Digital Covid Cert should make things easier but technically you don't need one
  • If you decide to go, what will the resorts even look like?

# the-morning-lead - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

'The brand isn't as strong as it once was': How will Fianna Fáil react to last week's by-election result?
# Soldiers Of Destiny
# Soldiers Of Destiny

'The brand isn't as strong as it once was': How will Fianna Fáil react to last week's by-election result?

Jul 13th 2021, 12:03 AM 18,615 Views 49 Comments
  • Concerns about the future of Fianna Fáil's leadership have grown following last week's by-election, Rónán Duffy writes.
  • One councillor believes the party should re-connect with its voters, particularly at local authority level.

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 3 July, 2021

'I can’t risk my son’s life': Families with vulnerable teenagers left waiting for answers on vaccine access
# In The Dark
# In The Dark

'I can’t risk my son’s life': Families with vulnerable teenagers left waiting for answers on vaccine access

Jul 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 21,483 Views 17 Comments
  • For families with vulnerable teenagers, life has been put on hold while they wait for a vaccine, Lauren Boland reports.
  • The European Medicines Agency approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15s over a month ago, but it hasn't been actioned in Ireland.
  • The Taoiseach has asked Niac to give advice on vaccinating children with underlying conditions.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 27 June, 2021

Licensed to Fail: ‘Outdated’ salmon farm licensing system comes under fire from all sides
# Troubled Waters
# Troubled Waters

Licensed to Fail: ‘Outdated’ salmon farm licensing system comes under fire from all sides

Jun 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 17,257 Views 14 Comments
  • Over 20 salmon farms operating with expired licences for over a decade, writes Niall Sargent in final part of Noteworthy investigation into salmon farming
  • State has investigated several cases of possible licence breaches by Ireland's largest salmon company
  • No enforcement over various farms’ failure to carry out assessments for impacts on marine biodiversity

# the-morning-lead - Friday 25 June, 2021

State issues licences to salmon farms to cull protected seals, documents reveal
# Troubled Waters
# Troubled Waters

State issues licences to salmon farms to cull protected seals, documents reveal

Jun 25th 2021, 12:05 AM 43,714 Views 53 Comments
  • Since 2015, the NPWS granted 11 licences to farms to shoot small numbers of the protected species, reports Niall Sargent in the first part of Noteworthy's investigation into the salmon industry
  • Conservation groups have expressed shock at the decision and a lack of scientific evidence behind culling
  • The NPWS does not generally carry out site visits to monitor cull events due to 'resourcing issues'

# the-morning-lead - Tuesday 22 June, 2021

Locals to hold solidarity vigil after Ballyfermot church faced backlash for flying Pride flag
# Pride Month
# Pride Month

Locals to hold solidarity vigil after Ballyfermot church faced backlash for flying Pride flag

Jun 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 54,515 Views 78 Comments
  • The Ballyfermot Assumption Parish flew an Irish flag and a Pride flag last week to show that "all are welcome" in its church.
  • The church received abusive messages on social media and was asked by the Dublin diocese to remove it because of a stance against flags.
  • Local community groups are planning to meet on Friday to show solidarity, Lauren Boland reports.

# the-morning-lead - Friday 18 June, 2021

'Forgotten, we feel like garbage': Housing policies exclude Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

'Forgotten, we feel like garbage': Housing policies exclude Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers

Jun 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 21,867 Views 0 Comments
  • The housing problem is at its most acute among minority groups, such as Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers.
  • Cormac Fitzgerald, for The Good Information Project, examines the figures and the significant barriers to access to secure living arrangements.
  • "It's an absolutely appalling national disgrace," says Bernard Joyce of the Irish Traveller Movement.

# the-morning-lead - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

'A distorted perspective': How anti-lockdown groups are using data to downplay the impact of Covid-19
# Mortality Misinfo
# Mortality Misinfo

'A distorted perspective': How anti-lockdown groups are using data to downplay the impact of Covid-19

Jun 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 25,722 Views 0 Comments
  • Anti-lockdown accounts on social media often leave out important context or misconstrue data to argue that the pandemic is not real.
  • A disinformation professor at DCU says online misinformation often draws on "a grain of truth" - and then distorts it.
  • Lauren Boland breaks down the official statistics and how you can find the facts.

# the-morning-lead - Friday 28 May, 2021

At a glance: Everything you need to know about the summer re-opening plans
# New Rules
# New Rules

At a glance: Everything you need to know about the summer re-opening plans

May 28th 2021, 7:34 PM 94,461 Views 38 Comments
  • The Taoiseach confirmed plans for travel, hospitality and live pilot events.
  • The country is taking “definite steps towards normal times”, Micheál Martin said.
  • Non-essential international travel and indoor dining is set to return in July.

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 20 May, 2021

Galway cardiology registrar from Pakistan 'left stranded' waiting two years for citizenship decision
# Citizenship
# Citizenship

Galway cardiology registrar from Pakistan 'left stranded' waiting two years for citizenship decision

May 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 39,670 Views 0 Comments

Dr Jawad Zaman (33) has been living in Ireland since 2015.

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 6 May, 2021

‘Eight teens were kicking him’: Violent bike and scooter thefts up 65% last year
# Stolen Wheels
# Stolen Wheels

‘Eight teens were kicking him’: Violent bike and scooter thefts up 65% last year

May 6th 2021, 12:01 AM 53,391 Views 46 Comments
  • There was a 65% increase in aggravated bike and scooter thefts in 2020, reports Maria Delaney in the first part of Noteworthy's bike theft investigation.
  • Cyclists at Luas stops were targeted by gangs over the past month
  • A rise in anti-social behaviour linked to the pandemic is being blamed for an increase in attacks

# the-morning-lead - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

'I got an Instagram message saying 'your days are numbered' - but the thing is, this person was easily traceable'
# Online Abuse
# Online Abuse

'I got an Instagram message saying 'your days are numbered' - but the thing is, this person was easily traceable'

May 5th 2021, 12:05 AM 76,300 Views 0 Comments
  • Virtual abuse is now widely seen as part of the job of being an elected official, Órla Ryan and Christina Finn write
  • A number of politicians speak out about the vile insults directed at them - and their children
  • Irish politics needs more women and minorities to run for office, Hazel Chu says

# the-morning-lead - Tuesday 4 May, 2021

They made the biggest sacrifices - but what will work be like for people whose jobs never stopped during the pandemic?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

They made the biggest sacrifices - but what will work be like for people whose jobs never stopped during the pandemic?

May 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 49,568 Views 24 Comments
  • Covid-19 changed how many of us work - but a great many still had to go to their jobs right throughout the pandemic.
  • Some feel they've been given little reward for putting themselves at risk to keep the country going.
  • There are fears that in the new "flexible" world of work, it'll be harder to retain people in some key industries.

# the-morning-lead - Monday 3 May, 2021

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public
# Cost Of Carbon
# Cost Of Carbon

Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public

May 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 18,055 Views 9 Comments
  • Companies are starting to volunteer their emissions data but State bodies slow to reveal all details to public, writes Niall Sargent.
  • While emissions levels are falling in many sectors, Noteworthy analysis shows that sectors such as agriculture and aviation are stagnating or growing.
  • Ireland is doing well on finding energy efficiencies but there is still a mountain to climb.

# the-morning-lead - Friday 30 April, 2021

As restrictions are eased heading into summer, how is Ireland's vaccine rollout going?
# Latest Data
# Latest Data

As restrictions are eased heading into summer, how is Ireland's vaccine rollout going?

Apr 30th 2021, 12:05 AM 36,241 Views 15 Comments
  • Each week Cónal Thomas has been taking a look at Ireland’s Covid-19 situation by examining and comparing data from recent weeks.
  • Over 180,000 doses were administered in Ireland - an increase of 25% on the previous week's total.
  • But there's only two months until the Government’s target date of giving 80% of adults in Ireland at least a first dose.

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 29 April, 2021

'We have to let people know what they're missing': The man tasked with getting Dubliners back to their city
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

'We have to let people know what they're missing': The man tasked with getting Dubliners back to their city

Apr 29th 2021, 12:05 AM 20,887 Views 27 Comments
  • Dublin city has been shaken by the pandemic but the man in charge of its recovery is hopeful for its future, writes Sean Murray.
  • In the short term, it'll mean more pedestrianised streets and outdoor dining this summer.
  • Greater appreciation and use of the public realm may be a welcome legacy of the pandemic, according to the council official.