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#Freedom of Information

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 21 June, 2020

CityJet and Stobart Air asked government for six-month bailout to ensure their survival after Covid-19

The airlines accounted for over 13% of air traffic at Ireland’s airports before the pandemic.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 19 June, 2020

HSE was 'gifted' €544,000 in free advertising by Google and Facebook during Covid-19 pandemic

New figures show the health service spent more than €1 million on advertising in the first two months of the crisis.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 17 June, 2020

Information Commissioner calls for incoming government to 'improve' Freedom of Information Act

Peter Tyndall was commenting as he published his officer’s annual report for 2019.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 25 May, 2020

Hiqa sent more than 170 complaints relating to Covid-19 in nursing homes during March and April

Many complainants raised concerns about social distancing and infection control measures in homes as the virus spread.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

Masturbation, sex toys and multiple partners: Emails show how the HSE drafted its Covid-19 sex guidelines

The guidelines were drafted late in March after a radio interview by the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Irish Water staff threatened with machete and pelted with rocks

An incident log shows that 21 instances of assault or abuse were reported by staff since 2017.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 2 March, 2020

Copper Face Jacks, Tayto and Bohemians FC sent warning letters by Dublin City Council over murals

The council sent 35 letters under the Planning and Development Act in recent years.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 22 February, 2020

It cost almost €70,000 to police the three winter tractor protests

Over half of that was spent on barriers to block tractors from gaining access to Kildare Street, where Leinster House is located.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 20 February, 2020

'Absolute disgrace': RTÉ Gold listeners wrote to Dee Forbes expressing 'devastation' over station closure

That’s according to records released by RTÉ’s Freedom of Information unit.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

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.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 15 February, 2020

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.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 14 February, 2020

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.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 13 February, 2020

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.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 11 February, 2020

Justice Department tried to soothe 'nonsense' RIC commemoration concerns

Internal records show how controversy started to build from 2 January – three days before the Clare mayor announced his boycott.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 18 January, 2020

'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 - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

'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 - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 10 January, 2020

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

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.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 6 January, 2020

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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 5 January, 2020

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.

11 gardaí investigated for bullying following HR complaints in 2019

Statistics on bullying and harassment in the force were released under FOI laws.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 3 January, 2020

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.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 2 January, 2020

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 29 December, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 28 December, 2019

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.”

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.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 27 December, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

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.

84 politicians clock up €14,820 in Dáil restaurant debt

The debt is allowed under a new credit policy for Oireachtas staff.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 21 December, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 15 December, 2019

RTÉ 'committed' to improving Player after complaints about 'frustrating' and 'unusable' service

Viewers had issues watching the Rugby World Cup and other programmes.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 4 December, 2019

'A volatile and dangerous situation': Passengers file complaints about security staff on the Luas

Earlier this year, footage emerged of altercations involving passengers and Luas security staff.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 30 November, 2019

'Heinous barbarism': Public urges Heritage Minister to introduce hare coursing ban

The sport sparked controversy following an RTÉ Investigates documentary in July.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 28 November, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 3 November, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 20 October, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Bus Éireann received more than 12,200 complaints from customers last year 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.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 14 October, 2019

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.

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