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# foi - Friday 17 May, 2019

€28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years
# Noteworthy
# Noteworthy

€28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years

May 17th 2019, 12:05 AM 32,412 Views 80 Comments

For the first time ever, the Department of Public Expenditure has refused access to individual pensions for former ministers and officeholders

# foi - Thursday 16 May, 2019

'Hugely embarrassing': Emails to RTÉ show pushback against calls for Eurovision boycott
# FOI
# FOI

'Hugely embarrassing': Emails to RTÉ show pushback against calls for Eurovision boycott

May 16th 2019, 12:05 AM 73,442 Views 142 Comments

RTÉ received almost three times as many emails objecting to a boycott as emails calling for one between January and April.

# foi - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie
# Noteworthy
# Noteworthy

An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie

May 14th 2019, 11:18 AM 9,923 Views 22 Comments

Tell us what you would like to see investigated.

# foi - Monday 13 May, 2019

'This cannot happen': Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan
# FOI
# FOI

'This cannot happen': Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan

May 13th 2019, 12:05 AM 33,363 Views 38 Comments

Plans for the line were changed this year following local opposition on both sides of Dublin.

# foi - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes
# Social Housing
# Social Housing

Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes

May 7th 2019, 12:05 AM 56,816 Views 59 Comments

5,500 people have turned down social housing since 2016.

# foi - Monday 6 May, 2019

'Be the hero, not the villain': Protesting students wrote to Taoiseach urging him to take climate action
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

'Be the hero, not the villain': Protesting students wrote to Taoiseach urging him to take climate action

May 6th 2019, 10:00 AM 14,207 Views 86 Comments

Thousands of students attended climate change demonstrations across the country in March.

Fears over legal challenge 'disrupting' asylum seekers led to Direct Provision centre being scrapped
# Rooskey
# Rooskey

Fears over legal challenge 'disrupting' asylum seekers led to Direct Provision centre being scrapped

May 6th 2019, 12:05 AM 17,187 Views 0 Comments

The proposal was affected by a number of legal and planning issues, as well as suspected arson attacks.

# foi - Saturday 27 April, 2019

DCC's Keegan says criticism 'near hysterical' over him calling homeless services 'attractive' option
# Dublin City Council
# Dublin City Council

DCC's Keegan says criticism 'near hysterical' over him calling homeless services 'attractive' option

Apr 27th 2019, 12:05 AM 32,455 Views 107 Comments

That is according to correspondence obtained by TheJournal.ie under Freedom of Information.

# foi - Friday 26 April, 2019

Meningitis C vaccination rates of 'critical concern' as anti-vax sentiment pushes take-up rates below targets
# Noteworthy
# Noteworthy

Meningitis C vaccination rates of 'critical concern' as anti-vax sentiment pushes take-up rates below targets

Apr 26th 2019, 12:05 AM 16,747 Views 54 Comments

Targets for immunisation were over 20% below what they were supposed to be in some parts of the country.

# foi - Saturday 20 April, 2019

Library staff and social workers among 110 Dublin council staff assaulted during work last year
# Assaulted
# Assaulted

Library staff and social workers among 110 Dublin council staff assaulted during work last year

Apr 20th 2019, 12:05 AM 21,989 Views 22 Comments

Those who fell victim to physical attacks included library staff, park workers as well as street cleaners.

# foi - Sunday 14 April, 2019

Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers
# FOI
# FOI

Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers

Apr 14th 2019, 7:30 AM 106,621 Views 113 Comments

Applicants are suspended if they refuse two offers of housing within a year.

# foi - Monday 8 April, 2019

Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official
# Too Expensive
# Too Expensive

Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official

Apr 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 58,132 Views 71 Comments

The watch, believed to be worth close to €8,000, may be sold and the money used for charitable purposes.

'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA
# Jim Daly
# Jim Daly

'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA

Apr 8th 2019, 12:05 AM 44,971 Views 84 Comments

Jim Daly contacted the authority after his constituents raised concerns about the ad.

# foi - Wednesday 3 April, 2019

'The Freedom of Information Act is dead': High Court rules against Information Commissioner in UCC finding
# Information Commissioner
# Information Commissioner

'The Freedom of Information Act is dead': High Court rules against Information Commissioner in UCC finding

Apr 3rd 2019, 8:35 PM 65,253 Views 24 Comments

The ruling is believed to have huge implications for the application of the Act.

# foi - Monday 25 March, 2019

'Farmers wouldn't keep cows in this': Complaints over mould, leaks at Dublin Direct Provision centre
# Watergate House
# Watergate House

'Farmers wouldn't keep cows in this': Complaints over mould, leaks at Dublin Direct Provision centre

Mar 25th 2019, 12:05 AM 26,739 Views 47 Comments

The centre accommodated around 50 asylum seekers before it closed last June.

# foi - Sunday 17 March, 2019

'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

Mar 17th 2019, 12:05 AM 18,721 Views 14 Comments

A number of people wrote to Leo Varadkar during last month’s strike.

# foi - Sunday 10 March, 2019

Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period
# FOI
# FOI

Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period

Mar 10th 2019, 8:30 AM 12,462 Views 13 Comments

The requirement was introduced by gardaí in 2010 to help GSOC gather evidence.

# foi - Saturday 9 March, 2019

Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018
# Ireland Connected
# Ireland Connected

Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018

Mar 9th 2019, 12:05 AM 38,030 Views 69 Comments

Figures obtained under FOI show how each Department spent on St Patrick’s Day last year.

# foi - Sunday 24 February, 2019

'A disgusting example': Road Safety Authority sent dozens of complaints over L-driver ad campaign
# Clancy Amendment
# Clancy Amendment

'A disgusting example': Road Safety Authority sent dozens of complaints over L-driver ad campaign

Feb 24th 2019, 12:05 AM 76,991 Views 242 Comments

The ad warning learner motorists not to drive unaccompanied began airing in December.

# foi - Thursday 21 February, 2019

'Unenforceable and unworkable': Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

'Unenforceable and unworkable': Government given legal warning over alcohol ad restrictions

Feb 21st 2019, 12:05 AM 21,254 Views 42 Comments

Laws prohibiting the advertising of alcohol within 200 metres of schools will come into effect later this year.

# foi - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

'This will be tricky': Diplomacy at RTÉ after public urged broadcaster to boycott Eurovison 2019
# Israel Palestine
# Israel Palestine

'This will be tricky': Diplomacy at RTÉ after public urged broadcaster to boycott Eurovison 2019

Feb 19th 2019, 6:10 AM 51,919 Views 112 Comments

Last June, Israeli media queried why Ireland had yet to confirm its participation in Eurovision 2019.

# foi - Sunday 17 February, 2019

Man fined for exposure among 24 people reported for sexual assault at Irish colleges in six years
# Metoo
# Metoo

Man fined for exposure among 24 people reported for sexual assault at Irish colleges in six years

Feb 17th 2019, 9:30 AM 32,315 Views 19 Comments

There were no reports of sexual assault by students in half of Irish colleges between 2012 and 2018.

# foi - Monday 4 February, 2019

Government pressurised to end citizenship for Irish-born children due to terrorism fears
# Secret Memorandum
# Secret Memorandum

Government pressurised to end citizenship for Irish-born children due to terrorism fears

Feb 4th 2019, 9:45 AM 44,644 Views 54 Comments

A newly released memo says the Department of Justice wanted to “eliminate” the attractiveness of Ireland for migrants.

# foi - Monday 14 January, 2019

Government won't release Public Services Card report due to 'public interest' fears
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Government won't release Public Services Card report due to 'public interest' fears

Updated Jan 14th 2019, 7:33 PM 89,570 Views 104 Comments

The group intends to appeal this decision to the Office of the Information Commissioner.

# foi - Friday 11 January, 2019

TDs claim €1,000 in subsistence payments for five-day Swiss trip
# TD Expenses
# TD Expenses

TDs claim €1,000 in subsistence payments for five-day Swiss trip

Jan 11th 2019, 12:05 AM 42,086 Views 117 Comments

These expenses do not not cover the cost of travel, hotel, taxis, telephone or car parking.

# foi - Monday 7 January, 2019

Motorist caught cheating twice in same theory test - once with a bluetooth device
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Motorist caught cheating twice in same theory test - once with a bluetooth device

Updated Jan 7th 2019, 7:00 AM 52,550 Views 42 Comments

Six people were caught cheating in their theory test by RSA officials between 2017 and 2018.

# foi - Saturday 5 January, 2019

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues
# HIQA
# HIQA

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues

Jan 5th 2019, 4:00 PM 21,597 Views 23 Comments

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

# foi - Wednesday 2 January, 2019

Luas elevators have been out-of-order for over 1,000 hours in last two years
# Public Transport
# Public Transport

Luas elevators have been out-of-order for over 1,000 hours in last two years

Jan 2nd 2019, 4:00 PM 13,377 Views 5 Comments

The service provider said vandalism is the cause in a number of cases.

# foi - Saturday 29 December, 2018

Did you sit your driving test this year? Here are the pass rates for each RSA test centre for 2018
# On The Road
# On The Road

Did you sit your driving test this year? Here are the pass rates for each RSA test centre for 2018

Dec 29th 2018, 12:05 AM 69,714 Views 45 Comments

Data released to TheJournal.ie showed the pass rates for each centre where a car tests was carried out this year.

# foi - Friday 28 December, 2018

'You want the Eighth repealed because of Brexit': Letters sent to Varadkar about abortion referendum
# Abortion
# Abortion

'You want the Eighth repealed because of Brexit': Letters sent to Varadkar about abortion referendum

Dec 28th 2018, 4:00 PM 20,021 Views 14 Comments

This year the country voted by 66.4% to 33.6% to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

# foi - Thursday 27 December, 2018

Over 3,500 people refused entry to Ireland last year including 487 Albanians and 459 Brazilians
# Immigration Control
# Immigration Control

Over 3,500 people refused entry to Ireland last year including 487 Albanians and 459 Brazilians

Dec 27th 2018, 7:07 AM 51,277 Views 72 Comments

Albanians top the list this year.

# foi - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences
# FOI
# FOI

County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences

Dec 26th 2018, 11:00 PM 35,260 Views 35 Comments

The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 108,104.

'Pessimistic' alerts and Dublin bias among complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2018
# Kicking Up A Storm
# Kicking Up A Storm

'Pessimistic' alerts and Dublin bias among complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2018

Dec 26th 2018, 9:00 PM 61,450 Views 40 Comments

It was an eventful year for Irish forecasters – but the public weren’t always happy with their predictions.

Harassment and drink driving: 181 Irish people arrested by Greater Manchester Police this year
# FOI
# FOI

Harassment and drink driving: 181 Irish people arrested by Greater Manchester Police this year

Dec 26th 2018, 7:30 AM 14,653 Views 10 Comments

One Irish person was arrested for attempted murder over this period.

A book about golf for Trump and seeds for Christine Lagarde: The gifts Varadkar gave in 2018
# You're Too Kind
# You're Too Kind

A book about golf for Trump and seeds for Christine Lagarde: The gifts Varadkar gave in 2018

Dec 26th 2018, 7:00 AM 12,606 Views 12 Comments

Bodhráns, jerseys and crystal bowls were also handed out.

# foi - Monday 24 December, 2018

Murder, assault and drug offences: Over 1,200 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year
# FOI
# FOI

Murder, assault and drug offences: Over 1,200 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year

Dec 24th 2018, 12:05 AM 21,807 Views 52 Comments

A total of 145 Irish people were arrested by Met Police for common assault.

# foi - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Dublin City Council made almost €100,000 from impounding hundreds of cars this year
# Clamped
# Clamped

Dublin City Council made almost €100,000 from impounding hundreds of cars this year

Dec 22nd 2018, 10:00 PM 17,642 Views 38 Comments

More than 800 cars were impounded by the council during the first nine months of the year.

# foi - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Minister briefed on potential for 400% increase in carbon tax rate by 2030
# Fuel Costs
# Fuel Costs

Minister briefed on potential for 400% increase in carbon tax rate by 2030

Dec 19th 2018, 6:15 AM 11,169 Views 47 Comments

In the end, Paschal Donohoe did not touch the carbon tax rate in Budget 2019.

# foi - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Staff at Garda press office split €115,000 in overtime during first year of Disclosures Tribunal
# Garda Overtime
# Garda Overtime

Staff at Garda press office split €115,000 in overtime during first year of Disclosures Tribunal

Nov 6th 2018, 12:05 AM 22,791 Views 25 Comments

New figures show the cost of overtime at the office rose by 653% in 2017.

# foi - Friday 2 November, 2018

Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights
# World Meeting Of Families
# World Meeting Of Families

Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights

Nov 2nd 2018, 12:05 AM 29,993 Views 84 Comments

An email released under the Freedom of Information Act shows how Zappone had ‘very serious’ concerns ahead of the visit.