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# FOI

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# Dublin Castle
Fianna Fáil mayors accepted invitations to controversial RIC event before later criticising it
The commemoration was cancelled by the government after it proved controversial last month.
# the story of water
Irish Water brand 'badly damaged' and 'continually politicised', brief for TV doc says
The Story of Water, which aired on Virgin Media before Christmas, was designed to “take back control” of the company name and story.
# College campuses
Irish colleges to develop €80,000 online system for reporting sexual assault and harassment
The Department of Education has funded the nationwide project.
# Dublin Castle
An Garda Síochána considered place for RUC in force's museum as part of Decade of Centenaries
The proposal was one of a number of considerations put forward by the force last year.
# Billed Gates
Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope Francis visit will cost over €800,000 to restore
The Office of Public Works hopes the gates will be rehung by the end of this year.
# under control
Dáil pigeons, Four Courts rats and museum mice among dozens of pest callouts to OPW sites
Companies were called more than 50 times by the OPW over a two-year period.
# Help us investigate
Over 10,000 trees cut & lack of expertise revealed: Latest news from Noteworthy
There are four investigation proposals on their way to be funded soon, with two over 60% complete.
# Freedom of Information
'An issue of systemic importance': Supreme Court FOI ruling will alter public's relationship with State
When the Supreme Court decides on the future of FOI in Ireland, it will be the end of a glacial process.
# Freedom of Information
'Not in the public interest': Supreme Court hears FOI law could 'scare' firms from working with State in future
The claim was made during appeal against two rulings last year brought by the Information Commissioner.
# Freedom of Information
'I don't have to tell you': Public bodies may no longer have to justify FOI refusals, Supreme Court hears
An appeal against two rulings last year has been brought by the Information Commissioner.
# Air Ambulance
'Significant restrictions' on emergency helicopter service on days when Air Corps not available
An internal Department of Defence briefing highlights the restrictions on where the Coast Guard helicopter can reach.
# Travel Expenses
Oireachtas spent over €207,000 on overseas travel in last 10 months
The cost includes more than €9,200 on business class flights to Paraguay for two senators.
# noteworthy
Chopping trees and controversial bridges: Latest news from Noteworthy
There are 44 open investigation proposals compiled from ideas sent to us by you, our readers.
# Complaints
Irish Rail introducing measures to deal with reservations not appearing over pre-booked seats
Customers have expressed frustration at their reservation name or number not appearing above the seat they have booked.
# driver theory test
Motorist who got someone else to sit theory exam was caught after RSA staff recognised impersonator
The candidate was one of nine people who aroused suspicion during driver theory tests last year.
# Waterford
Fungus growth and odours from corpses: 2012 report outlined conditions at Waterford hospital to HSE
The HSE approved €5.7 million in funding for a new mortuary earlier this year.
# Workplace issues
11 gardaí investigated for bullying following HR complaints in 2019
Statistics on bullying and harassment in the force were released under FOI laws.
# HIQA
Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries
The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Overcrowding
'Absolutely shambolic': Commuters slam Irish Rail call for Dart users to stagger morning journeys
The PeakTime website was launched to try to reduce overcrowding on carriages during rush-hour.
# letters to harris
'Second class citizens': Harris warned of the impact endometriosis is having on women's health
More than a dozen women told Harris of the devastating impact the condition has had on their lives.
# Arrests
Murder, rape and drug offences: Over 1,100 Irish citizens arrested by Met Police this year
A total of 152 Irish people were arrested by Met Police for common assault.
# rte cuts
An ode to Lyric FM: Letters from the public ask RTÉ to protect their 'oasis of calm'
“In our troubled world of Boris, Brexit, Trump and other forms of madness, Lyric is an oasis of culture, calm and beauty.”
# Penalty Points
Irish drivers had over 500,000 penalty points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown
The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 106,545.
# for you
Irish flags, vodka and a Che Guevara stamp: Gifts given and received by Varadkar and Coveney in 2019
Books, hampers and historical gifts are often given to heads of state.
# Charlie Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan asked OPW not to cull 20 Phoenix Park deer and to send them to Laois instead
The minister wanted to have the deer relocated to a 250-acre estate in Laois.
# settling up
84 politicians clock up €14,820 in Dáil restaurant debt
The debt is allowed under a new credit policy for Oireachtas staff.
# by-election controversy
'I expect more from you': Letters of complaint sent to the Taoiseach called on him to drop Verona Murphy
Leo Varadkar admits that the Verona Murphy controversy has caused reputational damage to Fine Gael.
# Complaints
'Abysmal' forecasting and 'embarrassing' alerts: The complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2019
Some people took offence that the North isn’t included in forecasts, while others hit out at the new website.
# Complaints
RTÉ 'committed' to improving Player after complaints about 'frustrating' and 'unusable' service
Viewers had issues watching the Rugby World Cup and other programmes.
# SUPPORTS
Leo Varadkar signed off on former Taoisigh special support plan four months after taking office
New documents obtained under FOI detail what would be involved in the supports.
# FOI
Richard Bruton told BAI the Communicorp ban was 'antithetical to a free and open press'
The Communications Minister said it was a matter of “grave concern” that some journalists had been banned from radio stations.
# Help us investigate
From wetland destruction to vaping lobbying: Latest news from Noteworthy
There are 35 investigation open investigation proposals compiled from ideas sent to us by you, our readers.
# Digging A Hole
Coastal greenway delayed as contractor hits drains and causes flooding
Solutions being put in place include a shallow trench and overflow pipe into the estuary.
# Animal Welfare
'Heinous barbarism': Public urges Heritage Minister to introduce hare coursing ban
The sport sparked controversy following an RTÉ Investigates documentary in July.
# Shannon
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.
# Protest Camp
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.
# Weather Warning
Met Éireann blames media for 'over-sensationalising' Storm Lorenzo after receiving complaints
Some people accused the national weather forecasting service of unnecessarily scaring the public.
# Thanks To You
Noteworthy is six months old! Update from the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie
Since April, we’ve published almost 50 articles which were funded directly by our readers.
# Steven Anderson
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.
# porn block
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.