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# Freedom of Information

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# Dublin Castle
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.
# Billed Gates
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.
# under control
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.
# Department of Justice
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
'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
'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
'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.
# Air Ambulance
'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.
# Travel Expenses
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.
# driver theory test
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.
# Waterford
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.
# Workplace issues
11 gardaí investigated for bullying following HR complaints in 2019
Statistics on bullying and harassment in the force were released under FOI laws.
# HIQA
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.
# letters to harris
'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.
# Arrests
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.
# rte cuts
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.”
# Penalty Points
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.
# for you
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.
# Charlie Flanagan
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.
# settling up
84 politicians clock up €14,820 in Dáil restaurant debt
The debt is allowed under a new credit policy for Oireachtas staff.
# Complaints
'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.
# Complaints
RTÉ 'committed' to improving Player after complaints about 'frustrating' and 'unusable' service
Viewers had issues watching the Rugby World Cup and other programmes.
# Complaints
'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.
# Animal Welfare
'Heinous barbarism': Public urges Heritage Minister to introduce hare coursing ban
The sport sparked controversy following an RTÉ Investigates documentary in July.
# Shannon
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.
# Protest Camp
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.
# Steven Anderson
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.
# porn block
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.
# 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.
# citizenship by descent
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.
# 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.
# 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.