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#Freedom of Information

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 17 August, 2017

Garda overtime bill soars to €60.5 million for first six months of 2017

That means it has grown by 57% for January to June compared to the same period last year.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 31 July, 2017

€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election

199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 24 July, 2017

Cockroaches, mould and chronic drug abuse in front of children - life in homeless accommodation

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

# freedom-of-information - Monday 26 June, 2017

HSE misallocated latest request from sexual abuse survivor whose claims it lost for 3 years

The HSE’s dealings with ‘Mary’ has seen it issue her with a number of apologies since 2010.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign Exclusive

Newly-released FOI documents show that the Department had considered changing the title to something less forceful.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being 'bullied' by hospitals

RTÉ’s This Week reported concerns around bullying of private health insurance holders.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 21 May, 2017

'Like he slept in his clothes for a week' - no punches pulled in Dáil dress code complaints

TheJournal.ie has gained access to all public complaints to the Ceann Comhairle regarding the standard of dress in Dáil Éireann.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 7 May, 2017

'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi

A deal on the cystic fibrosis drug was finally reached last month.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 10 April, 2017

'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home Tuam This post contains videos

'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home

The Commission into Mother and Baby Homes wrote to Minister Katherine Zappone before the ‘very shocking’ news broke.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 9 April, 2017

Garda overtime rises massive 52% as pressure of battling Irish gangs takes its toll

Overtime increased by a huge extent last year with an additional €23.5 million paid out to the force’s 28 regional divisions.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 6 March, 2017

Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one year

The animals were never in danger or a threat to any visitors, a spokesperson said.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 2 March, 2017

The HSE has spent €3m upgrading its headquarters in the last five years

This includes €1.3 million on basement refurbishment in 2016 and over €92,000 on canteen renovations in 2015.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Gardaí spent €93,000 in five months on media training at the Communications Clinic

All told the force has spent nearly €114,000 on media training in the past two-and-a-half-years.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 15 February, 2017

'Admin error' that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breach

Documents released under an FOI show that the incident wasn’t listed among 103 data protection breaches reported between April 2014 and April 2015.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 13 February, 2017

Fine Gael senator who got €30k after losing his Dáil seat has only repaid €2k Exclusive

Six members of the Dáil and Seanad received termination payments last year.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 25 January, 2017

Five people died in prison custody last year

The cause of death in all five cases is yet to be determined.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 22 January, 2017

It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims Exclusive

Sipo has ruled that Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation, something he has strongly denied.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 1 January, 2017

From alleged aggression to dog allergies: Why people complain about taxi drivers

“The driver, to my surprise, took offence … saying that he didn’t need to take such abuse and he is not bringing me home but kicking me out.”

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 31 December, 2016

Here are the most common reasons people complain about taxis

Most of the complaint outcomes involved no further action as the complainant didn’t respond or there was no evidence of an offence.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 30 December, 2016

Inaccurate 'real time' information and food defrosting: Why people get angry at Bus Éireann

One passenger described the ‘real time’ system as “more like random number generators as they are never accurate”.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 29 December, 2016

'Privatise the bloody service': The complaints sent to Shane Ross during the Dublin Bus strike

People urged the transport minister to intervene, saying the strike was having a negative impact on their lives.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

'You'll look like a God': How people thought the Luas dispute could be solved

Here’s what members of the public thought about the strike – one of the biggest talking points of 2016.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 25 December, 2016

Enda Kenny really likes to give people crystal bowls

Sometimes with shamrock, sometimes without.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 24 December, 2016

Abortion, Syria and autograph requests - a look through the Taoiseach's post

Some people love him and some people don’t.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 22 December, 2016

Division by division breakdown: Over €54 million spend on garda overtime

The bill for the Dublin divisions made up 62% of the overall spend.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 22 October, 2016

It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims Exclusive

The disputed expense claims date back to 2006 and 2007, when Brian Ó Domhnaill was a member of Donegal County Council.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 5 September, 2016

Staff member in disabled care home accused of "verbal and psychological abuse" Exclusive

New documents show a range of issues raised with disability services in Ireland.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 25 August, 2016

Scrapping the USC could lead to an increase in property tax... of 600%

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty this morning described the alternative options to USC revealed via Freedom of Information as “shocking”.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 8 August, 2016

For and against: The letters Irish people have written to the Taoiseach about abortion Freedom Of Information This post contains images

For and against: The letters Irish people have written to the Taoiseach about abortion

The majority of the letters urge the Taoiseach not to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 3 April, 2016

Dodgy tips, aggressive drivers, "smelly" vehicles - taxi complaints went through the roof in the last four years

More than half of the complaints made last year concerned the behaviour of taxi drivers.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 20 March, 2016

€1.5m given by Europe to retrain workers after factory closure may be returned

Sinn Féin has called for the government to intervene.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 7 March, 2016

Carer called elderly dying patient a 'big fat c**t' and threw water over another

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show multiple instances of abuse and oversight.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 28 February, 2016

Here are the gifts Ireland dished out to foreign dignitaries last year

Crystal bowls feature heavily.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 8 January, 2016

Bill Clinton had private concerns over Gerry Adams' IRA links

“I don’t know what the real deal is between him and the IRA.”

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 27 December, 2015

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 26 December, 2015

One Dublin Bus passenger was angry about drivers urinating in front of his daughter

A complaint was made to the Department of Transport back in January.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 12 December, 2015

Irish Water are deliberately confusing their payment figures, says Paul Murphy

This comes after the utility released information as part of an freedom of information request.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 29 November, 2015

Ireland's most dangerous prisons: Around the country staff are working in constant danger

So far this year there have been more than 50 assaults by prisoners on staff.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Even more people have paid their water bills - but it's just over half of customers Exclusive

New figures received by Paul Murphy also shed new light on the situation.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 20 October, 2015

Irish Water 'tightened controls' after customer bank details were sent to the wrong people

The utility claims in records released under freedom of information that ‘extra staff training’ was instigated at no cost following the data breaches in March 2015.