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# 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

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.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 11 October, 2019

New team established to process major increase in citizenship requests from foreign-born citizens

The number of foreign-born citizens seeking an Irish citizenship has more than trebled in three years.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 5 October, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 3 October, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 8 September, 2019

Life inside Ireland's disability services: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained bruising

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

# freedom-of-information - Friday 6 September, 2019

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’.

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 1 September, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 25 August, 2019

Children who swallowed foreign objects accounted for over 2,000 hospital attendances since 2015

These figures were released to under the Freedom of Information Act.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 24 August, 2019

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.

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 22 August, 2019

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of sexual assault and unexplained injuries

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

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 20 July, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Conscientious objection prevents full rollout of abortion services in several maternity hospitals

The Health Department said it will be asking the HSE to fully implement abortion services in all maternity hospitals and units by September.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 15 July, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 14 July, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 5 July, 2019

State pathologists observed 'multiple bodies' on trolleys at Waterford mortuary over 'years'

Controversy about conditions at the mortuary first arose earlier this year.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 29 June, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 24 June, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 22 June, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 17 June, 2019

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 - Monday 3 June, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 13 May, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 14 April, 2019

Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 8 April, 2019

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.

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 25 March, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 17 March, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 10 March, 2019

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.

# freedom-of-information - 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

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

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 24 February, 2019

'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.

# freedom-of-information - 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.

# freedom-of-information - 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.

# freedom-of-information - 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.

# freedom-of-information - 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.