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# foi - Thursday 21 February, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'You want the Eighth repealed because of Brexit': Letters sent to Varadkar about abortion referendum

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

# foi - Thursday 27 December, 2018

# foi - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# foi - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

'Moronic', 'odious', 'vile': How public expressed anger at Tánaiste's claim that Donald Trump is not racist

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show how the public reacted to a now-postponed visit by Trump to Ireland.

# foi - Saturday 13 October, 2018

Homeless accommodation: Staff complaints detail racial abuse, drug use, threatening behaviour

New documents reveal complaints by staff in emergency accommodation to the homeless providers in Dublin.

# foi - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Contractor was asked to install papal road markings in Dublin for free over concerns about cost

The markings were located at the Capuchin Day Centre and read: “Welcome Pope Francis” and “Fáilte a Phapa Prionsias”.

# foi - Monday 27 August, 2018

Bed bugs, used needles and rat droppings - life inside homeless accommodation

New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.

# foi - Saturday 4 August, 2018

Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services

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

# foi - Monday 23 July, 2018

76 hospital discharges of newborns with drug withdrawal symptoms last year

The figure of 76 represents a drop in the comparable figure for 2016, when there were a total of 92 discharges.

# foi - Saturday 7 July, 2018

Dozens of firms were threatened with legal action for failing to pay their Dublin Town bills

The city-improvement group says 95% of businesses comply with its mandatory levy.

# foi - Friday 30 March, 2018

Hotel was paid up to €5m to accommodate homeless people last year

New figures show that another hotel received between €2 million and €3 million.

# foi - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink

Pest control companies attended the hospital more than 120 times last year.

# foi - Sunday 31 December, 2017

'It seems a bit like a trap to me': Drivers frustrated over lack of signs after being clamped

One driver who was refunded the clamping fee said a garda told them it was ‘immoral’ as there was not sufficient markings.

# foi - Thursday 28 December, 2017

'It's a TRACKING app, where did those four minutes go?': Complaints made about Dublin Bus

Some people took issue with proposed changes to public transport in the capital, while others complained about alleged dangerous driving.

County breakdown of 582,738 penalty points on driving licences

The majority of drivers had three penalty points (400,502), while 59,404 had six points and 42,700 had two.

# foi - Monday 25 December, 2017

Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach

People wanted to talk to Varadkar about the Pride Parade, the Eighth Amendment and the cost of rent.

# foi - Sunday 24 December, 2017

'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down

Although one critic wrote: “Thank God you’re finally off … back to the bog you came from.”

'Surely to God Trump won't break up families': Letters reveal fears of undocumented Irish in the US

Others were less supportive of the undocumented with one man asking for them to be described as illegal rather than ‘undocumented’.

# foi - Saturday 23 December, 2017

Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year

Justin Trudeau got socks from Leo Varadkar (of course), among other presents.

# foi - Friday 22 December, 2017

'The minister is talking about the Man United game instead of the rail strike'

Industrial action by Irish Rail workers affected many commuters in November.

# foi - Thursday 21 December, 2017

'When are you going to bring in the army to drive the buses?': Complaints made during Bus Éireann strike

Commuters were affected by three weeks of industrial action earlier this year.

# foi - Wednesday 13 December, 2017

Parking complaints: Driver refunded after claiming clampers took photo of wrong street sign

Another driver said that the wrong car was de-clamped after they paid the de-clamp fee.