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2024
'A legal bomb waiting to go off': The delays at the Probate Office have reached a record high
Solicitors have called on the Probate Office to reinstate its face-to-face counter service.
Delays have steadily increased after a new way of working was introduced to accommodate remote working during the Covid pandemic.
Solicitors have called on the Probate Office to reinstate its face-to-face counter service.
One solicitor said the current arrangements are "absolutely shocking".
Sex workers sent death threats after replying to text scam
Very few crimes against sex workers are reported to gardaí, an advocacy group said.
A number of people were threatened with physical or sexual violence
Foreign-national sex workers were targeted by the scam
"The texts and calls turned violent, people saying things like they were going to have a hitman kill them."
‘We need help’: Restaurant and cafe owners say they are struggling like never before
The Journal spoke to a number of restaurant, cafe and bar owners, with all of them reporting the same problems and suggesting similar solutions.
'Concerning' delays for mammograms as Dublin hospitals struggle to recruit staff
Beaumont Hospital is considering outsourcing some appointments to deal with the backlog, one patient was told.
Patients are concerned it is taking months to get an appointment for certain scans, potentially delaying a cancer diagnosis
Extra consultants are due to start working in the coming months, but staffing levels remain an issue
"It is unacceptable that a person should wait too long before getting access to a vital diagnostic appointment," the CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said
Integrity investigation finds 25% of Europe’s MEPs were involved in a scandal
In December 2022, police found €900,000 in alleged bribe cash stuffed in bags at the EU Parliament’s Vice President Eva Kaili’s home. How could corruption of such scale happen at the heart of the EU? Was this just one isolated incident or the tip of the iceberg?
Data collected by The Journal, Noteworthy and other European media partners reveals 3% of MEPs have been convicted by a court.
The months-long investigation unearthed 253 previously reported blemishes.
The most serious cases related to 45 corruption incidents and 44 events relating to fraud and theft.
Overhaul of mental health law which 'deprives people of liberty' may not happen before election
The long-awaited Mental Health Amendment Bill would bring about the largest overhaul of the State’s mental health laws in decades.
Mental Health Reform said the protracted delay in publishing the Mental Health Amendment Bill is "completely unacceptable"
The proposed legislation would strengthen regulation around people consenting to the type of treatment they receive
Fiona Anderson, a long-time activist, said patients like her need to have a greater say in their treatment
The ICJ makes its initial ruling in the Israel genocide case today - what's likely to happen?
South Africa has accused Israel of violating the Genocide Convention during its military campaign in Gaza.
Bus and rail fare increases in Cavan, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath slammed by TDs
Anti-European populist parties predicted to top polls in 9 EU states ahead of elections
A new report predicts there will be a “surge” in support for far-right or right-leaning parties during the European Elections.
Homeowners warned more mortgage rate rises are likely to be on the way
Mortgage brokers have urged homeowners to consider switching to save money.
'I'm really concerned': Red Sea conflict likely to cause disruption (again) for Irish businesses
Conflict near the Suez Canal is causing havoc for shipping companies.
Govt 'failure' for towns sheltering refugees 'feeds anti-migrant narrative', say locals
Roscommon TD Claire Kerrane said promises to resource towns and villages receiving asylum seekers have regularly not received any follow through.
Detoxing from G is '100 times worse than alcohol withdrawal', expert warns
Chemsex – using drugs like G to enhance and prolong sex – has become more common in Ireland in recent years.
GHB or GBL is used socially and for the purposes of chemsex
The drug is highly addictive and its potency varies widely
Every year dozens of people seek help to detox from G at the Club Drugs Clinic in Dublin
Lebanon was already in crisis - now it's dealing with thousands fleeing Israel-Hezbollah conflict
The conflict has made it unsafe for civilians on either side of the border to remain in their homes.
EU shuts legal case after Ireland finally submits years-late climate plan - but it's still unfinished
Letters from locals over Dublin city centre laneway tell of open drug use and public sex
Councillors on Monday voted to close public access to the Harbour Court laneway in Dublin.
Letters from the public detail harrowing stories of open drug use, human excrement, stenches of urine and public sex.
The laneway has been the focus of local concerns for years.
One business owner said they have been dealing with issues in the laneway since the late 1980s.
Ireland's nursing home sector 'under threat of failure' amid post-pandemic challenges - report
Fourteen private operators control 40% of nursing home beds, the study found.
One in five small, private nursing homes have closed for good, since the pandemic.
Private patients receive 55% less subsidy funding compared to patients in the public sector.
Models of care are being wiped out and the sector is under threat, according to one sector representative.
70% increase in gonorrhoea cases due to lack of condom use - and better testing
Over 6,700 cases of gonorrhoea were reported in Ireland last year, up from 3,976 in 2022.
Some 6,748 cases of gonorrhoea were reported up to 23 December 2023, compared with 3,976 cases in 2022
The majority of cases reported in Ireland last year (5,200) were among men
Ireland has one of the highest incidence rates of gonorrhoea in Europe
Last year
2023
New flood forecasting centre to open early next year
Ireland considered making 21 age of consent for gay people when decriminalising homosexuality
One 1993 document noted that moving from “criminalisation to equality might be too major a change at one go”.
The age of consent for heterosexual intercourse at the time was, and still is, 17 years old
21 was described as "probably the age most acceptable to those who do not want decriminalisation but recognise that there is no choice"
However, if 21 was chosen, "there would be an attempt to portray this country as backward", officials warned
'Inaccurate' forecasts and 'disappointing' weather warnings: Complaints to Met Éireann in 2023
Calls to expand government water testing as thousands flock for Christmas Day swims
Most bathing waters have not been tested by local authorities since September.
Ivana Bacik ‘very concerned’ Labour won’t be able to support a yes vote in care referendum
GP centre won't prescribe 'highly addictive' painkillers due to concerns over illegal drug trade
There have been growing concerns in recent weeks about the sale of opioids and other powerful painkillers.
A GP centre in Dublin is refusing to prescribe powerful painkillers like Oxycontin or "highly addictive" benzodiazepines
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said prescription medications often end up being sold on the street
Benzodiazepines are generally prescribed to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and seizures
New supercomputer allowing 'better, more frequent forecasts' to start operating this spring
'Kicked, beaten, spat at': Retailers tell TDs of an 'explosion' in shoplifting
Panda diplomacy, shiny tech and coffee: How big emitters try to sell themselves at COP28
Plans for the Covid inquiry will go to Cabinet in next two weeks
Brendan Howlin: The rise of the far-right across Europe risks destroying the European Project
Government confident it has numbers to win confidence motion in Justice Minister Helen McEntee
Irish consumers paying more than UK shoppers for some products this Christmas
Labour Party and Social Democrats 'have to be one again', former Labour leader says
Loss and damage: The complicated quest to help countries hit hardest by the climate crisis
'I think it's not going to be an easy COP' - world prepares for UN summit
Surge in demand for food banks in Northern Ireland outstripping supplies of food, charity warns
'A nightmare': Families criticise decision to move elderly patients from Cherry Orchard Hospital
Migrants on Greek islands tell medical NGO of being beaten and pushed back out to sea
'I am the murderer': The trial of Ashling Murphy's killer
More prisoners on temporary release in attempt to tackle Irish Prison Service overcrowding
What are the big questions facing Fianna Fáil as it heads into its Ard Fheis?