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# foi - Last week 27th November 2022 - 3rd December 2022

'We had to eat leftover meat and fish': Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry
# Investigation
# Investigation

'We had to eat leftover meat and fish': Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry

Fri 12:30 AM 23,761 Views 12 Comments
  • Migrant fishers who left vessels due to exploitative treatment 'ignored' in recent cross-departmental review
  • Inspection reports reveal potential trafficking and deficiencies relating to hours of work and rest
  • Researcher: "The problems in Ireland can be traced to very specific policies and laws here"
Navy boardings find 10 fishing vessels almost fully crewed by migrant fishers
# Hands On Deck
# Hands On Deck

Navy boardings find 10 fishing vessels almost fully crewed by migrant fishers

Thu 12:00 PM 22,761 Views 5 Comments

Standard sea fishing boat licence conditions require at least 50% EU crew.

# foi - This year 2022

Tuxedo rental and novelty socks: The €175k cost of the Govt's St Patrick's Day trips this year
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Tuxedo rental and novelty socks: The €175k cost of the Govt's St Patrick's Day trips this year

Sep 21st 2022, 12:05 AM 24,861 Views 37 Comments
  • Figures released under FOI show how the Government paid to promote Ireland abroad last March.
  • Members of Cabinet and over 40 civil servants visited 28 countries as part of the annual visits this year.
  • The total cost was around €85,000 cheaper than the last pre-Covid programme in 2019.
Overflowing toilets and long queues: Passenger complaints about Dublin Airport at start of summer
# Dublin Airport
# Dublin Airport

Overflowing toilets and long queues: Passenger complaints about Dublin Airport at start of summer

Jul 14th 2022, 12:05 AM 34,670 Views 30 Comments
  • Correspondence sent to the Department of Transport shows the frustrations of those who used the airport in late May.
  • Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has said the Government will not cut passenger numbers at the airport.
No Access: Bord na Móna companies blanket blocking release of information
# No Access
# No Access

No Access: Bord na Móna companies blanket blocking release of information

Jul 12th 2022, 7:30 PM 17,022 Views 11 Comments

Key subsidiaries say they fall outside of regulations that enable environmental information requests.

Watchdog expresses concern over the number of FOI requests 'deemed refused'
# Information
# Information

Watchdog expresses concern over the number of FOI requests 'deemed refused'

Jun 22nd 2022, 6:00 AM 14,009 Views 9 Comments

More than 35,000 requests for information were received by public bodies in 2021.

'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 48,520 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.
Limerick's dangerous and derelict buildings caused by 'property speculating'
# Limerick
# Limerick

Limerick's dangerous and derelict buildings caused by 'property speculating'

Feb 21st 2022, 12:05 AM 29,923 Views 30 Comments

Documents show how Limerick deals with dangerous and derelict buildings.

Mother & Baby Homes: Just 40 survivors get health files amid row over GPs signing off on requests
# FOI
# FOI

Mother & Baby Homes: Just 40 survivors get health files amid row over GPs signing off on requests

Jan 9th 2022, 12:05 AM 27,581 Views 15 Comments
  • Only 40 survivors have received their medical files to date from the Department of Children, Órla Ryan reports
  • The majority of survivors received the records via Freedom of Information requests, rather than through GDPR
  • Just 10 people got their records after a GP signed off on the process, The Journal can reveal
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 31,197 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.

# foi - Last year 2021

Murder, rape, assault and drug offences: Over 1,000 Irish arrested by Met Police this year
# Irish In Uk
# Irish In Uk

Murder, rape, assault and drug offences: Over 1,000 Irish arrested by Met Police this year

Dec 31st 2021, 6:00 AM 23,484 Views 26 Comments

Three Irish citizens were arrested by the Metropolitan Police over attempted murder.

'Inaccurate' app and 'obvious bias' for Dublin: Complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2021
# Met Éireann
# Met Éireann

'Inaccurate' app and 'obvious bias' for Dublin: Complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2021

Dec 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 47,523 Views 27 Comments
  • Met Éireann received a large number of complaints regarding its general weather predictions.
  • The forecaster's rainfall radar was repeatedly criticised by users throughout 2020. This was the case again this year.
  • It's app and website also came in for criticism from numerous members of the public.
'In the name of all that is divine': Viewers complain to RTÉ about 'frustrating' Player service
# Complaints
# Complaints

'In the name of all that is divine': Viewers complain to RTÉ about 'frustrating' Player service

Dec 25th 2021, 6:30 PM 65,704 Views 65 Comments

One viewer described the Player as “annoying, frustrating and useless”.

These were the most popular drinks in the Dáil bar this year
# Scoop
# Scoop

These were the most popular drinks in the Dáil bar this year

Dec 25th 2021, 7:00 AM 56,137 Views 39 Comments

Almost €10,000 was spent in the Dáil’s two bars since September.

One-third of ambulance delays lasting more than one hour experienced in Wexford, Cork and Kerry
# Delays
# Delays

One-third of ambulance delays lasting more than one hour experienced in Wexford, Cork and Kerry

Dec 5th 2021, 3:27 PM 14,153 Views 15 Comments

In two instances in the first half of this year, there was a more than two-hour delay in paramedics arriving after being called.

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 26,515 Views 16 Comments

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

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 23,731 Views 16 Comments

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

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 4,732 Views 0 Comments

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

Met Éireann objected to Dave over Diarmuid as part of storm names poll
# Storm Names
# Storm Names

Met Éireann objected to Dave over Diarmuid as part of storm names poll

Oct 3rd 2021, 3:20 PM 43,788 Views 35 Comments

Internal records detail how there was healthy debate over what names to include.

Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department
# Mother And Baby Homes
# Mother And Baby Homes

Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department

Sep 16th 2021, 12:05 AM 21,477 Views 0 Comments
  • Survivors of mother and baby institutions have been told to submit FOI requests, despite already applying under GDPR
  • A number of women are considering legal action, Órla Ryan reports
  • Noelle Brown says the latest development is "despicable" and "ridiculous"
'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 16,934 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.
Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March
# Document Drop
# Document Drop

Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March

Sep 6th 2021, 5:20 PM 44,522 Views 131 Comments
  • Coveney is due back before an Oireachtas committee tomorrow morning and has promised to answer questions on the documents.
  • Texts released today add further detail to the timeline surrounding the planned appointment of Zappone to the UN envoy role.
  • The document dump also includes a text from Zappone in the aftermath of the Merrion-gate controversy.
Dog fouling drops over 50% in Galway after spray paint trial
# Dog Fouling
# Dog Fouling

Dog fouling drops over 50% in Galway after spray paint trial

Aug 19th 2021, 9:59 AM 77,925 Views 26 Comments

Volunteers sprayed dog excrement in pink paint to highlight the issue.

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
# GDPR
# GDPR

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors

Jul 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,822 Views 25 Comments
  • A data expert says the Minister for Children's approach breaches GDPR, Órla Ryan writes
  • Survivors have said a GP should not be involved in the process - at odds with the Department
  • Minister Roderic O'Gorman is in discussions with Cabinet colleagues about new regulations
'The sooner it's boarded up the better': Official wanted door to be blocked to stop homeless person 'moving in'
# Rathmines
# Rathmines

'The sooner it's boarded up the better': Official wanted door to be blocked to stop homeless person 'moving in'

Jul 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 76,583 Views 75 Comments
  • An official wrote the email before the doorway at the Rathmines college was covered with wooden hoardings in late May, Cónal Thomas reports.
  • The boarding up of the location prompted an outcry on social media because the location had been frequented by a man who slept rough.
  • Official statements at the time suggested that the doorway was boarded up to facilitate Leaving Certificate exams in June.
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 11,054 Views 8 Comments

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

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest

May 31st 2021, 12:05 AM 69,600 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar contacted the companies following a protest in March.

Face masks, hand sanitiser and issues with social distancing dominate 2020 public transport complaints
# Off The Rails
# Off The Rails

Face masks, hand sanitiser and issues with social distancing dominate 2020 public transport complaints

May 2nd 2021, 6:30 AM 16,660 Views 21 Comments

Covid-19 was central to dozens of complaints about public transport last year.

'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 13,517 Views 16 Comments

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

USB key sent by Gsoc to garda internal affairs 'went missing after being sent in the post'
# Gsoc
# Gsoc

USB key sent by Gsoc to garda internal affairs 'went missing after being sent in the post'

Mar 21st 2021, 4:42 PM 44,151 Views 0 Comments

The data breach was one of 29 reported by the Garda Ombudsman over the past two years.

Rolex watch stored in safe at Department of Taoiseach despite requests to sell it for charity
# Ceann Comhairle
# Ceann Comhairle

Rolex watch stored in safe at Department of Taoiseach despite requests to sell it for charity

Mar 9th 2021, 6:30 AM 82,464 Views 31 Comments

The watch was gifted to Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl when he was visiting the United Arab Emirates in late 2018.

HSE boss told NPHET member he was at 'wits end' over post-Christmas Covid computer glitch
# Does Not Compute
# Does Not Compute

HSE boss told NPHET member he was at 'wits end' over post-Christmas Covid computer glitch

Feb 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 60,740 Views 69 Comments

Ireland was likely experiencing record numbers of Covid-19 cases earlier than officially reported.

'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 59,895 Views 37 Comments

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

'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 101,881 Views 52 Comments

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

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 30,432 Views 25 Comments

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

The power of information with a slice of horticulture: Latest news from Noteworthy
# Busy Investigating
# Busy Investigating

The power of information with a slice of horticulture: Latest news from Noteworthy

Jan 1st 2021, 12:01 PM 7,972 Views 0 Comments

Highlights include a series which helps you access data from public authorities and an investigation into horticulture labour practices.

# foi - All time

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to uncovering housing and local information
# Info Hub
# Info Hub

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to uncovering housing and local information

Dec 30th 2020, 11:30 AM 7,663 Views 0 Comments

Our community-driven platform Noteworthy helps you find out if you are in an area prone to floods, landslides, high radon and more.

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting the most from Freedom of Information requests
# Access To Information
# Access To Information

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting the most from Freedom of Information requests

Dec 29th 2020, 11:30 AM 9,126 Views 2 Comments

Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how to use the FOI Act to access non-personal records.

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to discovering who holds your info - and what's in there
# Info Hub
# Info Hub

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to discovering who holds your info - and what's in there

Dec 28th 2020, 11:30 AM 17,180 Views 4 Comments

Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how access your personal information from both public bodies and private companies.

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting environmental info from public authorities
# Info Hub
# Info Hub

Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting environmental info from public authorities

Dec 27th 2020, 11:30 AM 9,311 Views 4 Comments

Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how to use AIE requests to access a world of biodiversity and climate information.

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