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#Freedom of Information

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

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

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

Jul 5th 2019, 12:05 AM 14,716 Views 19 Comments

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
# Co Living
# Co Living

'Nothing short of a disgrace': Public slam Murphy over 'appalling and pathetic' co-living proposals

Jun 29th 2019, 12:05 AM 84,382 Views 126 Comments

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
# Wildlife Act
# Wildlife Act

'A massacre of nature': How members of the public alerted the government to out-of-season hedge cutting

Jun 24th 2019, 12:05 AM 71,289 Views 43 Comments

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
# FOI
# FOI

Government officials had 'serious reservations' about broadband plan cost before final tender was submitted

Jun 22nd 2019, 12:05 AM 13,977 Views 33 Comments

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'
# New Recruits
# New Recruits

Gardaí felt use of non-Irish actors in recruitment ads aimed at minorities would amount to 'tokenism'

Jun 17th 2019, 12:05 AM 24,346 Views 24 Comments

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?
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

'The public has a right to know': Is Ireland's Freedom of Information Act facing an existential crisis?

Jun 3rd 2019, 10:00 PM 22,264 Views 15 Comments

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
# FOI
# FOI

'This cannot happen': Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan

May 13th 2019, 12:05 AM 33,454 Views 38 Comments

Plans for the line were changed this year following local opposition on both sides of Dublin.

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

Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes
# Social Housing
# Social Housing

Relocation costs, unsuitable houses...'no bee-keeping prospects': The reasons people give for refusing social homes

May 7th 2019, 12:05 AM 57,194 Views 59 Comments

5,500 people have turned down social housing since 2016.

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

Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers
# FOI
# FOI

Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers

Apr 14th 2019, 7:30 AM 108,852 Views 113 Comments

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
# Too Expensive
# Too Expensive

Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official

Apr 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 58,161 Views 71 Comments

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
# Jim Daly

'I was alarmed': Mental health Minister raised concerns about content of Noel Clancy ad with RSA

Apr 8th 2019, 12:05 AM 45,059 Views 84 Comments

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
# Watergate House
# Watergate House

'Farmers wouldn't keep cows in this': Complaints over mould, leaks at Dublin Direct Provision centre

Mar 25th 2019, 12:05 AM 26,939 Views 47 Comments

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

'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

Mar 17th 2019, 12:05 AM 18,756 Views 14 Comments

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
# FOI
# FOI

Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period

Mar 10th 2019, 8:30 AM 12,471 Views 13 Comments

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
# Ireland Connected
# Ireland Connected

Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018

Mar 9th 2019, 12:05 AM 38,143 Views 69 Comments

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
# Clancy Amendment
# Clancy Amendment

'A disgusting example': Road Safety Authority sent dozens of complaints over L-driver ad campaign

Feb 24th 2019, 12:05 AM 77,609 Views 242 Comments

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
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

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

Feb 21st 2019, 12:05 AM 21,299 Views 42 Comments

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
# Metoo
# Metoo

Man fined for exposure among 24 people reported for sexual assault at Irish colleges in six years

Feb 17th 2019, 9:30 AM 32,392 Views 19 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Government won't release Public Services Card report due to 'public interest' fears

Updated Jan 14th 2019, 7:33 PM 89,620 Views 104 Comments

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
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Motorist caught cheating twice in same theory test - once with a bluetooth device

Updated Jan 7th 2019, 7:00 AM 52,682 Views 42 Comments

Six people were caught cheating in their theory test by RSA officials between 2017 and 2018.

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

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues
# HIQA
# HIQA

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of poor hygiene standards and staffing issues

Jan 5th 2019, 4:00 PM 21,630 Views 23 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 31 December, 2018

Nearly €20,000 was spent on cigarettes in the Dáil bar this year
# Lighting Up
# Lighting Up

Nearly €20,000 was spent on cigarettes in the Dáil bar this year

Dec 31st 2018, 7:00 AM 17,641 Views 34 Comments

Over 1,700 packets were sold in the year to 15 October.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 30 December, 2018

Here's how many thousands of pints of Guinness were sold in the Dáil bar this year
# Blackstuff
# Blackstuff

Here's how many thousands of pints of Guinness were sold in the Dáil bar this year

Dec 30th 2018, 7:00 AM 29,670 Views 35 Comments

Who was it necking the shot?

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 29 December, 2018

Did you sit your driving test this year? Here are the pass rates for each RSA test centre for 2018
# On The Road
# On The Road

Did you sit your driving test this year? Here are the pass rates for each RSA test centre for 2018

Dec 29th 2018, 12:05 AM 70,137 Views 45 Comments

Data released to TheJournal.ie showed the pass rates for each centre where a car tests was carried out this year.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 28 December, 2018

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

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

Dec 28th 2018, 4:00 PM 20,022 Views 14 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences
# FOI
# FOI

County breakdown of 529,733 penalty points on driving licences

Dec 26th 2018, 11:00 PM 35,276 Views 35 Comments

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

'Pessimistic' alerts and Dublin bias among complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2018
# Kicking Up A Storm
# Kicking Up A Storm

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

Dec 26th 2018, 9:00 PM 61,513 Views 40 Comments

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
# FOI
# FOI

Harassment and drink driving: 181 Irish people arrested by Greater Manchester Police this year

Dec 26th 2018, 7:30 AM 14,684 Views 10 Comments

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
# You're Too Kind
# You're Too Kind

A book about golf for Trump and seeds for Christine Lagarde: The gifts Varadkar gave in 2018

Dec 26th 2018, 7:00 AM 12,608 Views 12 Comments

Bodhráns, jerseys and crystal bowls were also handed out.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 24 December, 2018

Murder, assault and drug offences: Over 1,200 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year
# FOI
# FOI

Murder, assault and drug offences: Over 1,200 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year

Dec 24th 2018, 12:05 AM 21,826 Views 52 Comments

A total of 145 Irish people were arrested by Met Police for common assault.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Dublin City Council made almost €100,000 from impounding hundreds of cars this year
# Clamped
# Clamped

Dublin City Council made almost €100,000 from impounding hundreds of cars this year

Dec 22nd 2018, 10:00 PM 17,761 Views 38 Comments

More than 800 cars were impounded by the council during the first nine months of the year.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Staff at Garda press office split €115,000 in overtime during first year of Disclosures Tribunal
# Garda Overtime
# Garda Overtime

Staff at Garda press office split €115,000 in overtime during first year of Disclosures Tribunal

Nov 6th 2018, 12:05 AM 22,833 Views 25 Comments

New figures show the cost of overtime at the office rose by 653% in 2017.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 2 November, 2018

Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights
# World Meeting Of Families
# World Meeting Of Families

Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights

Nov 2nd 2018, 12:05 AM 30,050 Views 84 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

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

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

Oct 31st 2018, 12:05 AM 45,610 Views 88 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 27 August, 2018

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

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

Aug 27th 2018, 12:05 AM 13,780 Views 33 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 18 August, 2018

During the drought, some areas were losing half of their water supply because of leaks
# Hosepipe Ban
# Hosepipe Ban

During the drought, some areas were losing half of their water supply because of leaks

Aug 18th 2018, 12:05 AM 18,410 Views 94 Comments

While the country faced water restrictions, 50% of water was leaking in some Irish Water schemes.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 17 August, 2018

Dozens of 'non-existent' emails between former Minister for Justice and PR firm discovered
# Frances Fitzgerald
# Frances Fitzgerald

Dozens of 'non-existent' emails between former Minister for Justice and PR firm discovered

Aug 17th 2018, 1:44 PM 72,640 Views 81 Comments

Communications to and from Terry Prone’s PR company were discovered following an FOI request by transparency group Right to Know.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 4 August, 2018

Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services
# Health Watchdog
# Health Watchdog

Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services

Aug 4th 2018, 12:05 AM 19,912 Views 18 Comments

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

# freedom-of-information - Friday 6 July, 2018

Adoption scandal: Officials questioned whether telling those affected would 'do more harm than good'
# St Patrick's Guild
# St Patrick's Guild

Adoption scandal: Officials questioned whether telling those affected would 'do more harm than good'

Jul 6th 2018, 12:05 AM 18,511 Views 46 Comments

There may be more people than the 126 identified so far caught up in the St Patrick’s Guild adoption scandal.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC
# Deep Impact
# Deep Impact

'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC

Jun 5th 2018, 12:05 AM 48,942 Views 56 Comments

New documents show the department was concerned with the fallout from Shane Ross bringing a stop to efforts to make a PSC mandatory when applying for a driver’s licence.