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# trump visit
An Garda Síochána spent €14k on sandwich bags for members during US president's visit
That was part of the €107,625 catering payment to the Trump Doonbeg resort in west Clare.
# FOI
Bus Éireann received more than 12,200 complaints from customers last year
This represents 0.04% of the number of people who travelled on the service that year.
# Hyde and Seek
RTÉ accused of neglecting child safety in war of words with Tusla ahead of Hyde and Seek exposé
The RTÉ documentary about the Hyde and Seek chain was broadcast on 24 July.
# Name Our Storms
Irish pronunciations and British royals cited as concerns during naming of 2019-20 winter storms
Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show how this year’s storms were named.
# FOI
'It is just pure anti-whiteism': NTA hit by complaints over anti-racism campaign
In August, the NTA launched a week-long public campaign to highlight experiences of racism.
# noteworthy
Update on Noteworthy, the community-led investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie
Since April, we’ve undertaken more than twenty projects, ten of which were funded directly by our readers.
# HIQA
Life inside Ireland's disability services: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained bruising
The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Doneraile Park
State-hired vet shot more than 150 deer in Cork wildlife park over last four years
The marksman was paid on a ‘keep-what-you-kill basis’.
# Gemma O'Doherty
'This has gone on for too long': Gardaí and Dublin City Council in dispute over policing of Google protests
Internal correspondence shows how gardaí and DCC disagreed over the management of the protests.
# off the rails
Topless teens, sexual harassment and aerosol flamethrowers: Dart users' complaints to Irish Rail
A new text alert system for complaining about anti-social behaviour on the service was launched this month.
# foreign objects
Children who swallowed foreign objects accounted for over 2,000 hospital attendances since 2015
These figures were released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Dublin
Cockroaches, mould and aggressive staff: Documents convey reality of life in homeless accommodation
New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.
# Data Protection
'This is f***ing insane': OPW staff emails show tensions over decision to ban visitor books from sites
The books were banned from sites such as Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol over data privacy concerns.
# Allegations
Nursing home complaints: Allegations of sexual assault and unexplained injuries
The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Boycott
'Are you brave enough?': RTÉ faced slew of demands to boycott in days leading up to Eurovision
RTÉ received dozens of emails in the days leading up to this year’s competition.
# noteworthy
'What price democracy?': Why most county councils keep their meetings offline
Just four of 31 local authorities offer webcasting of their proceedings.
# insurance reform
Minister sought guarantee for premium reductions but told 'it would be difficult to persuade insurers'
Minister Michael D’Arcy has held meetings with various parties over the issue of insurance in recent months.
# maria bailey
Varadkar receives dozens of similar emails from voters about FG boycott after Maria Bailey case
FOI documents show correspondence sent to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the wake of the Maria Bailey swing fall case.
# Abortion
Simon Harris tells HSE poor coverage of abortion services in west and north west 'is a real concern'
In May, Harris spoke to representatives of the HSE about why abortion services are available in just half of maternity hospitals and units.
# Dead meat
Over 200 tonnes of unfit or illegal meat and food products seized at Irish ports since 2016
The meat was seized after failing to meet standards for import into Ireland.
# Under Rated
'I will never trust you again': Complaints to IFCO reveal dissatisfaction over Irish film classifications
The office has received complaints about six films this year.
# Farmleigh House
Emails highlight confusion at Dublin City Council over unexpected change to Africa Day
It added that an offer of funding was made by the Department of Foreign Affairs in March 2019, “at which stage Dublin City Council had finalised the local Africa Day programme”.
# Investigation
An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie
Tell us what you would like to see investigated.
# mortuary controversy
State pathologists observed 'multiple bodies' on trolleys at Waterford mortuary over 'years'
Controversy about conditions at the mortuary first arose earlier this year.
# Farmleigh House
Huge confusion conveyed to Department after unexpected cancellation of flagship Africa Day event
There was much confusion about what events were on after the Department made a last-minute decision to take a different approach to Africa Day.
# co living
'Nothing short of a disgrace': Public slam Murphy over 'appalling and pathetic' co-living proposals
FOI documents show correspondence sent to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy from members of the public.
# Wildlife Act
'A massacre of nature': How members of the public alerted the government to out-of-season hedge cutting
A selection of complaints was released under the Freedom of Information Act.
# FOI
Government officials had 'serious reservations' about broadband plan cost before final tender was submitted
Documents released under FOI show how members of the Cabinet privately raised concerns about the plan.
# bug outbreak
Rotunda hospital chief warns of 'intolerable safety crisis' for premature babies
Intensive care unit saw outbreak of infection affect eight babies – with the death of one infant referred to coroner.
# new recruits
Gardaí felt use of non-Irish actors in recruitment ads aimed at minorities would amount to 'tokenism'
The new campaign ran for three weeks in April at a cost of more than €400,000.
# Freedom of Information
'The public has a right to know': Is Ireland's Freedom of Information Act facing an existential crisis?
Court rulings and a lack of resources could be undermining Ireland’s transparency laws.
# letters from america
Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US
Fine Gael voted against the Bill, which passed second stage in the Dáil this year.
# noteworthy
€28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years
For the first time ever, the Department of Public Expenditure has refused access to individual pensions for former ministers and officeholders
# FOI
'Hugely embarrassing': Emails to RTÉ show pushback against calls for Eurovision boycott
RTÉ received almost three times as many emails objecting to a boycott as emails calling for one between January and April.
# noteworthy
An update on Noteworthy, the new investigative journalism platform from TheJournal.ie
Tell us what you would like to see investigated.
# FOI
'This cannot happen': Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan
Plans for the line were changed this year following local opposition on both sides of Dublin.
# Social Housing
Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes
5,500 people have turned down social housing since 2016.
# Climate Change
'Be the hero, not the villain': Protesting students wrote to Taoiseach urging him to take climate action
Thousands of students attended climate change demonstrations across the country in March.
# Rooskey
Fears over legal challenge 'disrupting' asylum seekers led to Direct Provision centre being scrapped
The proposal was affected by a number of legal and planning issues, as well as suspected arson attacks.
# Dublin City Council
DCC's Keegan says criticism 'near hysterical' over him calling homeless services 'attractive' option
That is according to correspondence obtained by TheJournal.ie under Freedom of Information.