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# FOI

All time
# noteworthy
Meningitis C vaccination rates of 'critical concern' as anti-vax sentiment pushes take-up rates below targets
Targets for immunisation were over 20% below what they were supposed to be in some parts of the country.
# assaulted
Library staff and social workers among 110 Dublin council staff assaulted during work last year
Those who fell victim to physical attacks included library staff, park workers as well as street cleaners.
# FOI
Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers
Applicants are suspended if they refuse two offers of housing within a year.
# too expensive
Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official
The watch, believed to be worth close to €8,000, may be sold and the money used for charitable purposes.
# Jim Daly
'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA
Jim Daly contacted the authority after his constituents raised concerns about the ad.
# Information Commissioner
'The Freedom of Information Act is dead': High Court rules against Information Commissioner in UCC finding
The ruling is believed to have huge implications for the application of the Act.
# Watergate House
'Farmers wouldn't keep cows in this': Complaints over mould, leaks at Dublin Direct Provision centre
The centre accommodated around 50 asylum seekers before it closed last June.
'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike
A number of people wrote to Leo Varadkar during last month’s strike.
# FOI
Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period
The requirement was introduced by gardaí in 2010 to help GSOC gather evidence.
# Ireland connected
Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018
Figures obtained under FOI show how each Department spent on St Patrick’s Day last year.
# clancy amendment
'A disgusting example': Road Safety Authority sent dozens of complaints over L-driver ad campaign
The ad warning learner motorists not to drive unaccompanied began airing in December.
# Lobbying
'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.
# Israel Palestine
'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.
# metoo
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.
# secret memorandum
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.
# Freedom of Information
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.
# TD Expenses
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.
# Freedom of Information
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.
# HIQA
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.
# Public Transport
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.
# On The Road
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.
# Abortion
'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.
# immigration control
Over 3,500 people refused entry to Ireland last year including 487 Albanians and 459 Brazilians
Albanians top the list this year.
# FOI
County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences
The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 108,104.
# Kicking up a storm
'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.
# FOI
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.
# you're too kind
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
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.
# Clamped
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.
# fuel costs
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.
# Garda overtime
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.
# World Meeting of Families
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
'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.
# Complaints
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.
# Papal Visit
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”.
# Homeless
Bed bugs, used needles and rat droppings - life inside homeless accommodation
New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.
# Health watchdog
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.
# Drug Addiction
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.
# Dublin
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.
# Dublin
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.