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# busy investigating
The power of information with a slice of horticulture: Latest news from Noteworthy
Highlights include a series which helps you access data from public authorities and an investigation into horticulture labour practices.
# Info hub
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to uncovering housing and local information
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy helps you find out if you are in an area prone to floods, landslides, high radon and more.
# Access to Information
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting the most from Freedom of Information requests
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how to use the FOI Act to access non-personal records.
# Info hub
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to discovering who holds your info - and what's in there
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how access your personal information from both public bodies and private companies.
# Info hub
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting environmental info from public authorities
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how to use AIE requests to access a world of biodiversity and climate information.
# Penalty Points
More than 500,000 people had points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
A total of 510,269 people had points on their licences on 30 September 2020.
# on the house
TDs and Senators rack up over €2,000 in arrears at Dáil bar and restaurant
Figures obtained by show how much was owed by Dáil staff last month.
# Streaming
RTÉ says it's striving to improve Player amid complaints about 'frustrating' and 'ridiculous' service
“To say this is frustrating would be a gross understatement,” one viewer wrote.
# year in weather
'Ridiculous' forecasting and 'offensive' lack of Northern Irish coverage: The complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2020
Some people complained about Met Éireann’s predictions while others took issue with the website.
# busy investigating
Precarity in academic employment under the spotlight: Latest news from Noteworthy
Learn how you can support Noteworthy this festive season to investigate the stories that matter to you.
# busy investigating
Government inaction on genomics and forestry on precious peat: Latest news from Noteworthy
Two major investigations were published over the past month thanks to your continued support.
# Name Our Storms
'Ciara caused a lot of hassle': Irish pronunciation leaves Dutch tongue-tied in naming of 2020-21 storms
Irish, UK and Dutch meteorologists recently collaborated on the winter storm names.
# Dublin City Council
Transport Department accused DCC of making 'allegations against State bodies' over traffic 'Wish List'
The Council had requested in its ‘Wish List’ to Minister Eamon Ryan that taxis be banned from a number of bus lanes in Dublin.
# your stories
Voices of sexual crime survivors and far-right investigation: Latest news from Noteworthy
Your support means that Noteworthy can now also start investigating illegal hedgecutting.
# Supreme Court
'A ruling of significant importance': Supreme Court orders re-opening of landmark FOI appeals
The country’s highest court made the order in two rulings today.
# black lives matter
Government urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from Junior Cert syllabus in response to Black Lives Matter protests
Parents, pupils and teachers have called for an update the school curriculum.
# Emergency Accommodation
Harassment and infestations among top complaints about homeless accommodation
Newly released data on complaints details the issues facing people in emergency living situations.
# your stories
Solving solar and caring for carers: What's new for our investigative platform?
Noteworthy is working on a several investigations and crowdfunding for new projects on dognapping and eating disorder treatment.
# Assault
Over 500 incidents of assault or anti-social behaviour logged by Irish Rail this year
The log includes several near misses, a brawl with ‘quite a bit of blood’, and theft on trains and at stations.
# Coronavirus
'I urge you to use common sense': Praise and criticism in public's emails to Leo during start of lockdown
Correspondence sent to Varadkar shows how the public reacted to the crisis in its initial weeks.
# Child and Family Agency
Tusla suffers 23 'high risk' data breaches - including stolen files and loss of devices - since last year
The vast majority of the cases involved an “employee error or omission”.
# Help us investigate
Caring about childcare, parent rights and carers: Latest news from Noteworthy
Our community-driven platform has listened to you and launched proposed projects on the Big Four, plastic waste and agri-subsidies.
# garda convictions
22 gardaí were convicted of a crime in past three years
The convictions cover drink driving, misuse of drugs, sexual crime, and an offence under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.
Revenue staff were warned not to use Zoom over fears taxpayer information would be harvested
IT staff in Revenue working on an advisory for employees developed a watch-list on reasons not to use Zoom.
# Robert Watt
'Who took this decision?': Top civil servant queried decision not to publish pensions paid to former Taoisigh
DPER Secretary General Robert Watt told an official: “I don’t understand why we should not release the information.”
# award winning
Investigating floods schemes and winning our first award: Latest news from Noteworthy
Our community-driven platform has listened to you and recently launched projects on issues including racism and hedge cutting.
# Aviation
CityJet and Stobart Air asked government for six-month bailout to ensure their survival after Covid-19
The airlines accounted for over 13% of air traffic at Ireland’s airports before the pandemic.
# Coronavirus
HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic
New figures show the health service spent more than €1 million on advertising in the first two months of the crisis.
# peter tyndall
Information Commissioner calls for incoming government to 'improve' Freedom of Information Act
Peter Tyndall was commenting as he published his officer’s annual report for 2019.
# busy investigating
Bumper month for support and Covid-19 project update: Latest news from Noteworthy
More of your ideas have been turned into proposed investigations as part of the team’s pandemic project.
# clusters
Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April
Many complainants raised concerns about social distancing and infection control measures in homes as the virus spread.
# let's talk about sex
Masturbation, sex toys and multiple partners: Emails show how the HSE drafted its Covid-19 sex guidelines
The guidelines were drafted late in March after a radio interview by the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer.
# busy investigating
Bicycle blackspots and Covid-19 domestic violence: Latest news from Noteworthy
More of your ideas have been turned into proposed investigations as part of the team’s pandemic project.
# 21 instances
Irish Water staff threatened with machete and pelted with rocks
An incident log shows that 21 instances of assault or abuse were reported by staff since 2017.
# Help us investigate
Looking at long-term impact of Covid-19 crisis: Latest news from Noteworthy
The first investigation will look at a suspected increase in domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.
# Immigration
Chinese man's deportation stopped after State 'misleads' High Court about his registered address
The finding was made by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys last month.
# Thank You
Record-breaking month with highest number of supporters: Latest news from Noteworthy
An investigation into the most dangerous roads and junctions for cyclists is also underway.
# Mural high ground
Copper Face Jacks, Tayto and Bohemians FC sent warning letters by Dublin City Council over murals
The council sent 35 letters under the Planning and Development Act in recent years.
# Data Protection
Plans to charge 58,000 people with excessive water usage delayed over privacy concerns
Discussions are underway with the Data Protection Commissioner about managing customer’s personal data.
# RTÉ Gold
'Absolute disgrace': RTÉ Gold listeners wrote to Dee Forbes expressing 'devastation' over station closure
That’s according to records released by RTÉ’s Freedom of Information unit.